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.
Buds in wild are still hard unlike those in vineyard.
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.
Water standing by our snow fence west of Vineyard 1
Water standing in the NW corner of Vineyard 3
Another view from the NW corner of Vineyard 3
NW corner of Vineyard 1
Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1
Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1.
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.
East side of vineyard 2
Peanut Butter on electric tape seems to be a great way to train deer to stay away from our electric fence.
Our new electric fence.
Grow tube used to protect from Vole damage
Tube with poison pellet for Voles.
NE corner of Vineyard 1
Row D plant 1 in Vineyard 1.
Vineyard 1 perimeter fence(east side)
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.
A picture of some of the clipping before they are cut down to 3 to 4 nodes (roughly 10-12 inches)
Here are a few pics of vineyard 1 post harvest. Our crew was amazing this year! Only one cluster was missed! Wind came through the last few days and blew off all leaves. A little melancholy seeing it like this after all of this season’s hardwork.
Just days after harvest a windstorm swept through and blew off all the leaves.
The only grape cluster left after this years harvest.