Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Each year at New Year's I prune the grapes. It's early enough that the vines don't bleed, which they do if it's Spring. This is the "before" for the arbor.
After. I pruned most back to 3 or 4 nodes of new growth. Removed some redundant vine. Took more off Canadice, which I don't like as much flavor-wise. Left more of Venus and Interlaken, which I like more.
Price grape, over gate. Before. Some vines grew more than 10 feet, into the lilac and beyond.
This is my favorite grape, a blue grapey flavored seeded grape. It does not bear heavily. I pruned back to 2 or 3 or 4 nodes. I saved cuttings of this and Interlaken and Venus for the Battleground place.