Saturday, 10 October 2009

Plan Ordinare.......

When I think of the time and effort I have spent on this
ungrateful, ungrape-ful vine this year, it's enough to make me weep into my wine....were I allowed any.

I've done everything by the book - pruning, thinning, training - and although it does have marginally more bunches than it had last year, they are still all fiddling and small. Grapes about the size of your little fingernail. Too small for eating, and too few for bottling.

There are a few scenarios that might explain this:-

i) The shock of being reduced by 50% in mass has affected its output, and it might be better next year.

ii) It's just not a big graped variety, and will always be more ornament than acheivement.

iii) It hates me.

12 comments:

Gary Jen and Ruby said...

Have you "fed" it ?

Greenmantle said...

Er...No, decided not to as the main struggle for this year was trying to control its ramapaging growth. - Up to a two feet a week in the Sping.

It still spans about 12 metres all told, but now that I have it in a more manageable form, I ought to look into feeding which is appropriate to fruit production as opposed to general growth next year I guess.

Do you have any experience in this at all then?

Pleased to see another Kentish photography enthusiast by the way. Obviously a man of taste and erudition LOL!

The Allotment Blogger said...

Well it took four years for our vine to bother to produce grapes and then it went totally, utterly insane! I suspect that settling in takes longer than most people imagine unless the soil is perfect for vines so perhaps give it another year or two and hope it comes good?

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Green Lane Allotments said...

Vines don't usually react badly to being pruned hard. It hasn't really been grape weather for the past couple of years. The other point is maybe thinning the number of grapes in the bunch may help.

Changing Perceptions said...

Sometimes whatever we do, a little bit of patience and love is all that is needed. The weather changes this season have troubled many grape farmers in this part of the world too. So you are not alone.

Matron said...

But wine grapes are quite small, why not put them in a barrel and stomp on them in your bare feet?

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Healthy plants. They definitely need sunshine.
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