Freezing rain can wreak havoc on trees and plants, but more often than not they come through undamaged. Indeed there are few more beautiful sights than to take a walk through the aftermath.
Lupulin, in a word is the reason for hops.
This photo, taken in midwinter displays the fortitude with which the sticky substance adheres to the dry and decaying skeleton of last season’s vine.… Read more
Here is an example of a plant working winter hours to make for an ornamental display in the landscape. Although hop growers typically cut their vines down come fall, these untouched twinings in our dooryard make … Read more
Another of the many systems of pruning and training of the grapevine. More to come…… Read more
That about sums it up, at least as far as the cute descriptions go. What isn’t so cute is the seeming zillions of little holes in makes in so many leaves. The flea beetle (Alticinae subfamily) is a … Read more
This is a disease that seems more than others an issue of our choice of variety. Some get it, and some don’t. Now, it is easy to select the resistant cultivars, but sometimes you just want to have the type … Read more
The explosion of the interest in home brewing has kept pace with the explosion of the modern day microbreweries. In a world of consolidation and boring sameness the emergence in the last 2 decades of a plethora of beer choices … Read more
It may not be the thing for the commercial vinyard, and it may not even make sound financial sense, but you really can push the limits with grapes if you want to. Tender grape varieties will need help from you … Read more
So when are those grapes ready anyway? With table grapes, it isn’t so difficult, but if you are making wine, or are truly trying to be specific there are other methods. A refactometer can be helpful in finding sugar levels … Read more
This system of pruning allows for a larger amount of direct overhead light…… Read more
STRAWBERRY CULTURE Before plant strawberries the bed should be well tilled and perfectly weed free.… Read more