Archive for March, 2012

Apricots!

About one spring in three the apricots make it through the spring frosts. This is a new variety, and supposedly cold-tolerant. If this year is successful, it would be a lot of fun to consider plantingApricot Bloom and Bee a small grove which would supply us with a tart, rich apricot wine.

Spring Pruning

What is the best way to describe spring grape pruning? With a graphic.

For those people unfamiliar with horticulture, it may come as a surprise that TONS of grapes result from vines that have essentially no growth from the previous year in the early spring of the year. Over the next few week we will be removing the spent canes from last year and any evidence of excess growth from the previous year. We will allow only one cane per spur each with two buds. (An emergency cane will be allowed to grow, however.)

First we will go though the rows with hedge trimmers removing long cumbersome growth from 2011. Then we will selectively prune the healthiest cane growing closest to the training wire down to two buds. Then following that a person armed with loppers will remove excess dead wood so that no new canes can possibly emerge. With painstaking effort we will move from the drawing at the bottom right to the drawing at the top left!

The four stages of the vine

The four stages of The Vine