Monthly Archives: April 2012

10 inches/week – Really!!!

10 inchesWow, last week I took a picture of “Lynne’s” wine and the longest shoot was 14” long. One week later the shoots have grown an amazing 10”, to 24”. Looks like I’ll have to start using my canopy wires in the next week or two to keep them under control. On a side note, most of the vines have around 3-4 grape clusters. If we get 3 per plant and they average 80 grams/cluster….we will get around 1500 lbs…..or around 50 cases. I hope that we get that much, if so would be 2 full barrels.

Here is some more work I’m doing. This next week I’m going to finish dis-budding the twins, cut down some big oak limbs, order fence gates, finish my small concrete wall and continue spraying. I feel tired already!

April 23 – 3 hours getting wood/posts
April 24 – 8 hours + 8 hours hired fixing gates, repairing outdoor pipes, pouring footings, digging roots
April 25 – 2 hours mowing
April 26 – 1 hour clean-up
April 27 – 2 hours spraying (14 gallons seranade/copper, 14 oz each)
April 28 – 2 hours dis-budding twins (~20% complete)
April 30 – 3 hours dis-budding twins and prep for tree work

May 1 – 8 hours tree work + 16 hours hired

Growing Fast

april growthI’m going to take pictures of one of the vines weekly to show how fast it grows. Amazing how fast all of the plants are growing now. The one in the picture has a shoot that is already 14” tall……now we just have to hope the growing season is mild and we don’t get any big rains during bloom.

I have chosen a vine that was picked 2 years ago by a friend of ours, Lynne. We will nurture this vine so that it will prosper and give her inspiration as she recovers from her second bout with breast cancer. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Disbudding and removing twins

P1090830I know….a few weeks ago I was all excited about new buds on the grapevines…..and now I’m going to debud a lot of them….what is going on?

Well, grapevines are like unruly people in the spring and summer….they try and do anything they want. They put out buds on the trunks and in many cases put out double buds. As I have talked many times, you need balance in your vines. So, you have to remove all the buds from the trunks and also remove the secondary bud (the small twin bud).

Removing buds from the trunks is easy. Just get a thick glove and rub your hand down the trunk. It only took me about 5 hours to do the entire vineyard. The twins are a much more difficult as you have to make a judgement on each one. I just started this, but I’m guessing it will take me 15-20 hours. It is crucial to do all of these early since the vine is putting a lot of effort in growing these unwanted shoots.

Below I have some before and after pictures.

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Joey’s doing her vines


Removing twins – before Removing twins – after