The vine after it has been cut
Same as above but zoomed out
View from the vineyard
After all the plants are pruned and cleaned, they are ready for the next step. The areas that have been cut are like opened wounds for the vine and make it easier for bugs or bacteria to enter the vine and potentially kill it. To protect the vines we applied a glue that was mixed with copper. This physically caps off the open wound and gives the vine some extra chemical protection. I carried the tub of glue around and used a simple paintbrush to apply it the vines. I then went up and down the rows hitting up each plant as I went by. This glue does not hurt the plant, as long you do not apply to the top of the one good branch.
The cut vines must also be raked up and disposed of. Although I did not do this directly, you are basically cleaning up the area and making it less cluttered. The vines are put into piles at the end of the rows and then into crates that are taken away and dumped at another part of the property. As of today, all of the Goldmuskatellers are pruned, about half are covered in the glue and the area still needs to be cleaned up.
Vines on the ground
Workday this week was simple and I focused on one task, building a fence by the pigs. I worked with Jordan and Robbie on it. Like many of the other fences that are put up here, we started by digging a hole for a post. The holes had to be about 70 centimeters deep and wide enough for a wooden post. The first two gave us some trouble because there was a layer of the old road right underneath the dirt. We had to really break it all up to get through. The rest of the posts went in easier. By the time we got them all in, it was getting close to lunch. We completed one side before we headed off to lunch.
The first attempt at the fence
After lunch we helped Jane out with a different task. She has been working on the vegetable garden for the last couple of weeks. Putting in raised beds and adding soil. It was decided that dirt from Mira's pen, that has been tumbled around and broken up, would be added to the garden. This meant we had to lug wheelbarrows loads of dirt up into the garden and dump it. We worked through this task but it was a hassle because we wanted to make sure no rocks made there way up to the garden. This meant all dirt loads had to be sorted. To make this go faster Jane and Spencer made a screen to filter out the rocks. This made the dirt almost rock free and will benefit the garden.
Jane giving us the low down
Searching for rocks