Sunday, March 13, 2016

More vines

It's all about the pruning right now. The growers cut back last year's vine growth to one cane per plant. It's a months-long job in all kinds of weather. They line the cut canes up between the vines. Soon now, they'll get ground into mulch. Once the pruning is done, each remaining cane will be gently bent to the horizontal and attached to a guide wire. This year's growth will sprout from that single cane.

The vines in front are pruned, the vines in back are not.

I'm happy to report that the ground is beginning to dry out. I know I sound like a broken record, but I will be happy to see the puddles and mud go and to be able to walk down the hill again. Right now the path down is just a slippery, muddy mess.

4 comments:

  1. I just keep being amazed that spring is here. We've got shoots and blooms up everywhere.

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  2. I didn't realize the pruning was quite so severe. Happy to learn more about where the wine comes from. Slainte.

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  3. Your mud sure is lasting. Wishing you some warm, sunny days.

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