A series of freezing temps occurred during the night this spring which in turn froze out our primary fruiting buds. Now after a month new leaves and fruit have come forth from the secondary bud. Looking good but unfortunately we will probably get a third of the fruit we would normally get.
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
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.
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.
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.