Hard to believe another year has gone by! Obviously I was more interested in naps in the sun than keeping up with my blog. I promised Mom I would try to do a little better this year!
The task of the week: suckering. Yuk, it is a thankless job and takes hours and hours! Here is a before and after picture:
This vine needs a lot of work…all those leaves and shoots and stuff! In order to have a well balanced vine, there needs to be 6 to 8 spur positions on each arm and two growing canes from each of the spur positions. All that other growth drains the energy from the main shoots and will make it more difficult to grow and ripen good fruit. Mom spends lots of time in the vineyard suckering. Today she has two other helpers so that it can be done in a timely fashion. (Hey! If you look real close you can see a red dog in the background!)
Here is the same vine all cleaned up and ready to go for the season. This will not be the last time that this vine is fussed over. There are still wires to be put up to support the green canopy, shoots that will need to be positioned, and a green fruit drop for those clusters that are lagging behind. It must also be monitored for vineyard pests such as mildew and phymopsis. (I’m still in the picture…have you found me yet? I am up at the very top, 1/3 from the right. Click on the pic for a better view.)
Ok, time to get a drink of water and find a shady tree. Until next time.
Love and kisses,
“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome