So we’ve been winter pruning on and off for the past couple of weeks. The warm weather we are having has been ideal to get out and make some serious headway on our winter pruning.
Our daughter Robin has been out helping too! It’s always a shock when we go out and winter prune. The grapes are cut back severely to ensure the right number of new shoots are left for the coming year. Approximately 90% of the previous years growth is removed – leaving just enough shoots to have one every 4 cm or so. This gives a nice balance of fruit and shoots for the coming year. If you’ve been following my blog over the past few years you might remember that we typically don’t start until March… This year the weather is so nice that we’ve started much earlier, partially because we are concerned that with the warm winter spring could be quite early and buds could be pushing out in early April rather than early May – which is good except if you haven’t finished your winter pruning. So this year we are well ahead of any other year since we’ve started.
You can see Robin is using our basic falco pruners - I have a fancy battery operated unit to help reduce the risk of Carpel Tunnel syndrome – a real issue with vineyard work (and computer work). They are great but boy are they powerful – the could cut your finger off in a heartbeat. So much so that they only sell the unit with a leather and metal gauntlet to be worn on the free hand. I can cut through 2 inches of wood (grape trunk) with them without any real effort… Quite scary.
I’m trying out the new features of our updated and upgraded website… hopefully they will make blogging easier.