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Grapevine on the shade trellis

Shade trellis

Our shade trellis is starting to fill in. Yes, this is the beginning of the grapes' third season of life --- they're done sleeping and creeping and are ready for leaping.

Grapevine on trellis

Grape phomopsisSome combination of sunny microclimate and good variety selection (Reliance) have resulted in vines that do much better than any of our grapes have in the past. But there is still some phomopsis trying to rear its ugly head.

This week, I pruned hard in hopes of cutting the fungal disease off at the pass. The big question is --- will any of those flower clusters manage to turn into ripe grapes?

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