Here I go. Four months after entering my new home in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, it is time to get some work done in the vineyard. I have never done that before. Thanks to a number of books that I have read during the past few months, I hope I did not screw up too much.
The theory of how to prune vines is one thing but when you get next to the plant, things are a little bit less obvious. That little vineyard is a bit old. Nobody can tell me exactly how old but my guess is 20 years or so and many of the vines have grown in some funky ways. I have to spend quite a bit of time in front of each plant to figure out how to make it look like those polished commercial vineyards.Some of the plants looked quite tormented to me and I guess they need more than just pruning technique. I am going to need just as much artistic creativity.
Anyway, it is better not to think too much and start doing.
The rationale behind how to prune is rather simple and the only way to find out whether I have the slightest clue and what I am doing is right or not is to get cutting. The coming weeks in the spring will let me know if I passed or failed.
I have to admit that I have had a lot of fun pruning the vines. Although the vineyard is rather small, as I counted 163 plants, it took me two days to get it done.
The result looks reasonable to me but Nature will have to confirm, though. My hands have also learned a thing or two during this couple of days. Ouch, typing hurts today.
Now, I have a stack of trimmings to go through.
I had to saw some large stumps to aerate the vines and I hear it is fair wood for heating. I guess some of it will end up on the wood pile. I also read that grapevine trimmings a great for barbecuing. In particular, it is supposed to give a nice mild flavor to poultry and fish. I am going to investigate that and if it is the case, I will try to find a few customers who could be interested.
Well, the first test is done. Now, I just have to wait for the buds to sprout and for new shoots to come out for some more vineyard fun work. At least, that is what I hope it to be.