The southernmost part of the vineyard has buds about to break. This picture is one of the table grape varietals. Tonight there may be cold, rain, then snow. This part of the state is only supposed to get rain. We'll see. This is the earliest I have seen buds break... so still prone to a frost which may kill the fruiting buds. One reason I'm leaving so many on the plant. I spent the weekend grafting vines to replace non productive varietals with better choices. i spent this af
After a few weeks of cold, mother nature has shown us that she is serious about waking these plants up. The buds in the vineyard are swelling - signs of an early bud break. Because of the cold weather and fear of freeze, we held off pruning until now. Now is it a mad dash to prune everything before buds break. The pups are enjoying the time outside. They will sleep well.
The vine buds are holding tight and not pushing shoots. That is really good. A friend in Pennsylvania lost peaches and apples in the cold snap that was this past weekend. The peaches were in flower and the apples far enough along that they lost some. Another friend down the Susquehanna river from the orchard says his grape buds are holding tight though. Just a few more weeks until mother nature stops this cold-warm roller coaster I hope.