Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
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.