Mid-May 2015 in the vineyard

lots of rain and healthy grapes!

lots of rain and healthy grapes!

There was a break in the rain yesterday, so I went out and worked in the vineyard for a few hours.  I tucked vines up into the trellising, I pulled leaves in the fruit zone to improve air circulation, and I removed shoots that had little to no grapes on them as they are not needed.

Spring 2015 has been the wettest one in many years.  I am having flashbacks to 2007 when there was local flooding.  Other than hail, the main threats to our winegrape crop are downy mildew and grape berry moth.  We are managing both so far, but the forecast is for more rain, so we are crossing our fingers!

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