Thursday, May 03, 2012

This is not art

In older vineyards, some of the vines die every year. The growers dig up the dead trunks during the pruning season and cart them off. They're very good for burning, especially in the bbq. Before they can all get taken away, Callie will bring one or two home from her walk nearly every day. We have a huge stack of dead grape vine trunks out back.

Five Salvetat bottles and one other brand I don't recognize protecting newly planted replacement vines.

In place of the missing vines, the growers will often plant new young vines. This is happening now, in spring. Many of the growers around us use old plastic water bottles to protect the young transplants. It's funny looking, but it does the job.

An added bonus is that I get to see what brands of bottled water the vintners drink.


  1. Absolutely. It's really important to know what brand of water the neighbours drink.

  2. It looks like they're growing water this year.

  3. Protecting them from something that would eat them? Rabbits? Moles?

  4. Uh-oh, they're turning wine into water. Get out while you can!

  5. The neighbours obviously prefer pétillant to plat.

  6. I'm glad you told us they are bottles. I thought my eyes were deceiving me.

  7. Walt,

    My father used to use empty half gallon water jugs to protect his new seedlings. They also looked out of place but they did the job!

  8. susan, yes. We must keep up.

    mark, that could come in handy.

    andrew, maybe deer, but also just giving them a little greenhouse action, I think.

    carolyn, LOL!

    n&a, I noticed that, too.

    starman, they're all over the place, too. Funny looking.

    ron, and that's what counts, right? :)

  9. Bon voyage and you may get some rain tomorrow on the other side of the pond


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