2018 in the vineyard

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  1. Johny99

    Johny99 Junior Member Supporting Member

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    BCE6F9DA-9498-4E2D-9763-5DCECBC3D16E.jpeg 33E69CA1-9601-4A46-BE2F-9284CF5B8EAD.jpeg Well,I won’t say my 2017 thread was a hit, but I enjoyed, and learned a thing or two, from seeing what folks we up to in their vineyards. So, here goes again, come one, come all. Post what is going on in your vineyard, large or small.

    Mid January, and it finally has delivered real snow. About 8 inches of nice wet stuff. Gues prun8ng will wait.
     
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    Stressbaby Just a Member Supporting Member

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    I liked the 2017 thread and hope to be a regular contributor to this one.
    I'll get some pics tomorrow. Yours are beautiful.
     
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    Here is a few rows of Frontenac grapes from Wisconsin ready to prune. Work will probably start later this month.
     
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    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    First snow here was last night. 3 to 4 mm (1/6th inch). I don't think I will get out my Nordic skis just yet. And it will 8°C (46°F) tomorrow, so that snow dusting will will not last.

    Normally, the vineyards lay dormant work wise here till late February or early March. But with local weather as it is, i am pondering getting a head start this year on some tasks.
     
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    We are already dropping from today's high of 24F. Low tonight -1F. I haven't really even thought about pruning. IMG_1066.jpg IMG_1068.jpg
     
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    Spring has arrived, sorry folks in the NE. 60 on Sunday so I got a little pruning done. Now I have the flu, so that is on hold. At least Wines and Vines and Wine Maker arrived so I have something to read.
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    Sunset on the muscadines. This is a Geneva double curtain trellis with the wires at a little over 5 feet high. The wires are 4 feet apart. Each vine has between 36 and 40 feet of cordon. I've been pruning for a few weeks and I think I'm a little over half done.
     

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    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    Nice "spring" weather this past week. But looks like another cold front coming in. Freezing at night. Maybe some snow. Forecast to be like that all next week. And the Almonds just bloomed this week. Looks like no almonds this year. The freeze will probably kill them off.

    Raining today. But looks like I will have to get wet and put some low tunnels on my garden as well. Just lettuce and carrots seeded this week. Should be okay (I hope).
     
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    It's a gloomy day in Illinois. No weather warmer than 47F prognosticated for the next 10 days. I pruned 6 pounds off of one of these vines, this week. I think they will be way out of balance until next years pruning. This is their third year. I am establishing the cordons. An after thought was that I could have used the uprights as my cordons and grown the shoots out sideways. Then I could have had more buds this year, but I decided in the long run it will be way less work to let the shoots work with gravity versus against. So I went semi- conventional. These are Petite pearl. They have shown extreme vigor. The top cordons are separated by 5 feet from the lower cordons. The lower cordons are five feet off the ground. So the top cordon is at ten feet.
     

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    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    Well. Yep. It snowed......

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    Welcome to January 96th in Wisconsin.
     

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    20D558EC-21E6-4B84-A52F-B0F8BD2045F6.jpeg Well, Spring has gotten away from me, but I’m mostly keeping up with the vineyard. Tucking shoots and pulling suckers is a daily escape from the pressures of life. Looks like bloom is about 50% give or take a little for the different grapes, maybe 20,21 on the Coombe E-L stage system.
     
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