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.
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.
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.
Winter has come hard and fast this year for us. Constant subzero temps (as low as -20+ F) and plenty of snow have made for a challenging first winter for our vines. The deer are out in full force though we have only seen one breach of our fish line surrounding the vineyard(photos below) Otherwise the deer have stayed away from the vineyard (so far).