Tag Archives: drip irrigation

Adding extra water for weak vines

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I have 3130 vines of very tightly space Pinot noir surrounded by houses and trees on a very slight grade.  About 550 vines of the  667 clone were weaker than the other vines.  They are near trees and on the top of the small grade.  So last week I installed an extra drip line.  I will water these vines earlier than the rest of the vineyard to allow them to grow better and catch up to the rest of the vines.  It will also let me fertilize them through the irrigation system separately.    You can do this type of customization with small vineyard and it will pay big dividends to ensure your vines are healthy producing high quality grapes!

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2014 Work Log

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The above picture was taken late February.  It shows the status of the vineyard…the vines are pruned and tied, vines marked for removal or grafting with either green tape or a grow tube, extra water line installed (not pictured), clover is finally growing after a very dry winter but no wildflowers (rows marked with a flag had expensive wildflowers sewn in last fall).  Still have work to do but this post will show the work in our 5th leaf for Turtle Vines and I will update it throughout the year.

Jan 28              Pruning                              45 hrs (all hired)
Feb 17-21       Tie Canes                             9
Feb 25            Cane chipping/2nd drip   14 (8 hired)

Total to date                                               68