May 3-10, 2015 -Leaves!

The week before Mother’s Day saw much progress in the vineyard. Check out those leaves!

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April 20th, 2015- buds begin to swell slightly in Vineyard while in the wild they are still dormant. 

The past week saw high temperatures in the 70’s. There has been no rain until this week which was a paltry 1/4 inch on Sunday. No rain predicted for the next week although temps will be 32 degrees F and under at the beginning with it warming up to lows in the 40s. Buds seem to beginning to swell in vineyards but nothing is occurring on the wild.

Buds in vineyard are beginning to swell.

    

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Buds in wild are still hard unlike those in vineyard.

  

Mar 15-21 2015, Pruning continues and the removal of grow tubes

March is seeing record high temps with highs in the 70s. Makes for nice pruning weather! As bud break is supposed to be light induced and not temperature induced in wild grapes as opposed to commercial varieties I’m not too worried about this weather having adverse effects on the vines. This winter the Voles(field mice) where kind to us. Partly due to very little snow cover as well as the precaution I took in putting 8-10 inch grow tubes around each trunk. In the last week I have been taking these grow tubes off.

            

March 5, 2015- beginning to prune vines in Vineyard 1

Started to begin pruning vines on Vineyard 1. Beginning by untangling cutting shoots from each other and other plants as well as cutting off any dead wood. Temptatures have started to rise into 20s and today into the 30s so it should make for good pruning weather.

Feb 19, 2015- sub zero temps and a little snow

The last few weeks have brought about three inches of snow cover replacing what little was there. Last night saw the temperature at -20 below zero for a few hours and the night previous to that -14 below. Cold but nothing like last year although the snow cover last year was much greater. Pictures below all vineyards and our new snow fence.

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Southern view of Vineyard 2

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Southern View of Vineyard 2

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Perimeter of Vineyard 1

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Our new snow fence on the west side of Vineyard 1

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Snow fence and Vineyard 1

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Plant 3 in Row H Vineyard 1

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North side of Vineyard 1

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January 25th-30th, 2015- high temps bring melting and standing water in Vineyards

This week saw record high temps in the 40s (last year we -20 area for lows)and  this in turn has melted most of the snow and created standing water in parts of all our vineyards. Usually water is soaked up rather quickly in our vineyard.  The soil is very sandy but since the ground is frozen we are seeing the water stand for days. A small number of plants are now standing on water and with the freezing temps coming this weekend we may say the plants surrounded by ice. See pics below.

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Water standing by our snow fence west of Vineyard 1

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Water standing in the NW corner of Vineyard 3

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Another view from the NW corner of Vineyard 3

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NW corner of Vineyard 1

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Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1

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Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1.

Sept- Oct. Our new vineyard is growing!

Sept-Oct showed our new vineyard to have had some major growth. Having started as 5 inch cuttings most of the vines finished the season with at least touching the bottom of our trellis system and many of the plants were reaching the top of the trellis system. At the end of the season I lifted the grow tubes of each plant to encourage air flow. See pics below.

I raised all grow tubes to allow for air flow.

I raised all grow tubes to allow for air flow.

An example of the growth that took place in our new vineyard. The initial cutting that were planted were only 5 inches. This show how vigorous these vines are.

An example of the growth that took place in our new vineyard. The initial cutting that were planted were only 5 inches. This show how vigorous these vines are.

Another example of the growth that took place. You can also see that were are beginning to have problems with deer wanting to munch on our plants. The leaves being stripped mid level.

Another example of the growth that took place. You can also see that were are beginning to have problems with deer wanting to munch on our plants. The leaves being stripped mid level.

another growth image

another growth image