Friday, April 1, 2016
Getting The Grape Vines Ready For Spring
What gave it away? The trees growing up between the vines? The gnarled knots of trunks and canes?
I learned that in Iowa, the best time to prune grapevines is from late February to early April. Since the end of that time period is ... I don't know ... this week, it was definitely time to get out and see what I could do with them.
Thankfully, there is a local nursery that has tons of information and several helpful employees. Everything I've learned about grapevines I learned from them, so hopefully I now sound like I know what I'm talking about.
We have two rows of fencing held up by rebar on the ends. I had to do a little finagling to get them back upright, but they're perfect for the number of vines we have.
I'm interested to see if the grapes will grow differently this year, as there is much less growth sucking up the water and nutrients. It seems like we're starting all over, but the sickly little grapes that came out last year convinced me that something needed to be done.
As the summer months progress, I'll keep you up-to-date on they're progress and whether I followed directions well. It will be fun to watch and see what the grapes are actually supposed to look like, as well as what of the vines can be cut out next year.