Way too late to tie down

Another in my “vineyard diary” posts today, where I shamelessly double up posting some vineyard experience and pictures to my blog with writing a diary as part of a Plumpton College assessment.

It started chilly today (compared to the unbelievable and unseasonal weather of the past few weeks) but by mid-day was back above 20C. It feels like June! The vines are now covered in shoots up to 2-3 nodes in length. I discovered that these are very snappable, and easily come off the cane, especially when one tries to tie down the canes to a fruiting wire. It really is too late to do this, though who would have thought growth would be so far progressed at this time of year: vine growth is about 2 weeks ahead of where it normally is. After this tying down at the Ditchling vineyard (pictures below) and a little wire-work and post-banging we headed back to the Plumpton College vineyard for the afternoon.

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The afternoon in the Plumpton Vineyard consisted of more trellis work, mainly in terms of replacing some of the GDC trellising, though a lack of 6-inch nails made this work incomplete. We de-commissioned old posts and trellis arms and banged in new posts, notching them with bow-saws ready for the construction of arms and wire-work at a later date.

I made my best of my time with Kevin to learn more about the vineyard flora (weeds) for identification for another College assessment I am doing.

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