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  1. Snafflebit

    Just posting today’s work

    Come by the vineyard if you wish to add to your collection. :i
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    Just posting today’s work

    That is cold. Maybe your vineyard has a microclimate that is warmer. Hillsides help vines from freezing during these spring cold snaps
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    Fertilizer

    If you really want to know what elements are deficient in your vines I suggest sending off samples for a petiole analysis. I spent two years diagnosing vine deficiencies by looking at leaves on a vineyard. First the disease looked like zinc deficiency, then boron deficency. The test showed the...
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    Need opinions on trellis hardware

    And in regards to the wire vises being bad--I found that a number of them still work. Now that I am using a wire tensioning tool, they will grip the wire. It seems that the wire vises require a certain amount of force applied forward before they will grip the wire and my hand pulling was not...
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    Need opinions on trellis hardware

    This is one way to fix a bad wire vise. 🤣 it works for me.
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    Lydia’s Vineyard (CT)

    I totally agree these videos are excellent especially for the east coast growers
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    What's in your glass tonight?

    Well, it is no longer in my glass. It is in my belly. $20 Chablis from Costco and it was delicious. Not that butterball type of Chardonnay we have in California.
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    Just posting today’s work

    I planted 16 Merlot vines where Cabernet Sauvignon vines were located. I am pretty darn proud of the work. those boulders in the aisles were pried out of the ground by me. Whoever put the vineyard in originally thought it would be fine to plant some vines directly on top of a rock! Well, it’s not.
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    Best way to remove a grape vine?

    @hounddawg I am taking your suggestion. I pulled up 4 live vines and transplanted them. After cutting off the broken roots. Fingers crossed!
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    Best way to remove a grape vine?

    I used a hi-lift jack and a chain to pull up the vines. It is working. I made a “tripod” by sawing down some 2x4s and put a bolt in the top threaded through the jack. It helps a lot. YouTube shows several examples. Funny thing. I pulled up some vines which have been “dead” for at least 3 years...
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    Used wine bottles

    Goof Off is mainly acetone it seems. Nail polish remover. Xylene is used in magic markers as the ink vehicle. Methanol we all know what that is. Ethylbenzene is not pleasant, like all benzenes, but it evaporates. I don't have a vent hood or anything like that but I do the cleaning outdoors with...
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    Corona Virus & Day to Day

    of course I get a teatnus shot right before April 1 when I am eligible for the damn Covid shot. Doctor says I have to wait 2 weeks
  13. Snafflebit

    Used wine bottles

    While my thumb heals (the nurse says the stitches need to stay in 5 more days) I decided to detail my findings on wine label removal and a system that works for me. I have 3, 5 gallon buckets filled with water to which I have added PBW. I think baking soda would work to help remove labels, but...
  14. Snafflebit

    Southeast Kansas vineyard

    Looks like a big ol' pecan tree in the back. I really enjoy Traminette when I can get a glass of it.
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    Used wine bottles

    I am sold on baking the bottles at 250° and peeling. A little Goof Off on a paper towel will wipe off the glue. And the bottles that don’t clean easily chuck ‘em!
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    Used wine bottles

    I keep my pruning shears sharp and always end up with a bloody cut during harvest. The most annoying part of cut hands is you cannot do any work in dirt or water. 😖
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    Used wine bottles

    Some of the labels float off, but they almost all can be scraped off with an oxyclean soak. No stronger solution than used to clean bottles. I can’t fault Labelnator it is a good tool. Just don’t Slap Chop your thumb.
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    Used wine bottles

    Labelnator = Lacerator I just got back from urgent care with 4 new stitches and a tetanus shot! Be safe kiddos. I will wear gloves next time. But, on a good note, Oxyclean soak and Magic Eraser work amazingly (edit I was holding a bottle upside down and scraping fast and brought the blade...
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    starting cuttings

    Heat mats are great. I use them for cuttings and starting seeds.
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    starting cuttings

    I have found that rooting hormone does nothing to help grape cuttings root.
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