The last few days have seen close to 2 inches of rain which was much needed since we were really dry. Unfortunately I saw that both Saturday and Sunday saw cold temps that dipped below 32 degrees both nights. ( 31 degrees Saturday and 30 degrees Sunday ) From what I see from the leaves they look like they may have some damage. Leaves are looking slightly wrinkly. See pics below
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some pictures of the Vineyards as they are right now. You will that we have grow tubes around the base of each vine. This is done to protect from Vole damage. Also poison pellets have been put down to counter the vole problem. Vineyard 2 and 3 have an electric fence around them and is modified slightly with peanut butter and electric tape. This is to keep the deer away which it has proven to do.
January is the time of year where we get vine clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as replacing any vines that may have died during the winter. All clippings are taken from vines in the wild no further than a mile from our vineyard and as close as a 100 yards. Each cutting is 3 to 4 nodes and cut from first year growth.