This is the year beginning January 1,
2003 which is the second growing year for my vines:
My work is being journalized chronologically to assist in
showing the time frame from planting the grapes to the
first harvest at least one year later. This
chronology is to show you everything I went through to get
my first home grown batch of wine.
This year, I'll be pruning the vines back to 3
shoots in February, puting on the grow tubes in March/April,
spraying for weeds, mowing and awaiting for the vines to reach the
first wire. I'll also be finishing off the trellis
system once I can determine which cross arm or "Y" arm
will best suit my needs and set up.
|Book - From Vines to Wines|
|Pruners - I recommend a higher quality over the
cheap plastic ones|
|Training poles - I use fiberglass four foot
electric fence rods|
|Blue-X Grow Tubes VS another brand|
|"Seven - 10" Herbicide to kill bugs|
|"Roundup" grass and weed killer|
I will be pruning the vines either the end of January or
February of this year. I'll do my best to explain
which vines to cut, where and why. The
amount of growth this year should be simply amazing.
First off, last year, I put the vines in late
(May). I shorted myself out of at least 3 months
of growing time. I expect the vines to start
budding by the end of March this year and easily hitting the
50" wire on my trellis system by early August if not
March 23, 2003
I had the lawn mower out at the vines and popped this pic when
I finished mowing.
|April 18, 2003
Today I planted 6 Vignole vines from Double A
Vineyards. I pulled out 6 extra
Concord vines, I used one of the best of those and replaced
the one Concord that didn't look too healthy. Also, as I
had promised, I am trying a new grow tube style that Midwest
Vineyard Supply had sent me. It's a two piece snap
together style which will make it easy to put on and
remove. We'll see how the two differ in their
growth performance as I staggered the Blue-X and this orange
snap together style.
|May 5, 2003
Today I just dropped by to take a look at
everything. We've been getting a lot of rain the
last two weeks. Here are some photos I
snapped. I can't tell if the bird is a
Purple Martin or not. I have a house for them out
there. Also, note that I have some grape clusters
started on one or two concord vines and one catawba vine.
|June 4, 2003
Today I just dropped by to see how things were going and I did
see another purple martin in the house. It
appears that something has been eating about 4 of my vines
which are closest to the shed. I plan on sprinkling
Seven-10 dust this week because I didn't see any deer
prints. Also, more below on the grow tube
|Also, here's the progress with my
new Vignole vines I planted back in mid April,
2003. The one on the left is using the Blue-X
growtube. The one on the right is a snap together
2 piece growtube. I have found the snap
together growtube to be much easier later on for pruning lower
growth as the vine gets older and starts reaching the trellis
|June 30, 2003
The trellis system is now complete!!
|July 10, 2003
Here is a photo of my attack guard birds. I just put
this purple martin house up back in March, and while this
photo was being taken, there were eight - ten flying around
|July 27, 2003
Here is a photo of one of the vignole vines and the amount of
Japanese beetles I have. I've been applying
Sevin-10 Dust to kill them but recent rains washes it off the
|August 15, 2003
Here is just a photo to show you the progress of the
vines. I sure wish it'd rain. It
hasn't rained in 3 weeks.
|September 20, 2003
I removed the grow tubes and everything seems to be doing
quite well for the season. There were only a few
vines that didn't grow like wildfire. Also, the 6
Vignole vines I planted back in April are just as large if not
larger than many of my other vines 2 years old.
One of the Vignoles has a small bunch of
This is just how I did my vineyard.
You can do your vineyard any way you wish. I am just
offering this information to anyone who is interested in vines and
The trellis system is in place, and I now have the cross arms
up. I hope to finish the trellising by the first week of
I have been sent more grow tubes by another manufacturer and
will stagger the Blue X and
this other style to see if there is any noticeable difference.
I'll let you know my findings and recommendations.