Saturday, January 21, 2012

Regrowth in the Shiraz

New leaves almost automatically appear!

After the new attendance to details- like removing bad leaves. the vines are all recovering well, sans fruit on the shiraz. The spraying of the commercial copper compound and a mix of some olive oil and bicarb-soda alternative weeks maybe doing the trick.

This weeks progress in the Portable Vineyard.

Below- regrowth on the deleafed Shiraz vines- pity the vines do not regrow the lost grape clusters.

Below- Garage Foxey grapes- almost marble size- no sign of the mould affecting these vines

The Pinot vines are doing okay- veraision seems to be on its way on some pots

recovering the Shiraz

Deleaf the diseased vines
Fighting the moulds

By Christmas time 2011, I had to do something about the mould afflicting the vines, so the pots were spread around the car-parking spot in the backyard. For the next week or two, I spent time taking off the yellowed leaves or obviously infected leaves and binning them. This was the poorest sorriest looking vines in the world before the new year.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Watering times

Well Well Well
Three holes in a desert...

Today I watered the vines. A lot. With what I thought would be enough to make up for the last few days really really hot weather, as IMBY it was reaching about 40°C with varying humidity! I counted up to about twenty seconds per vine, filling the 2 liter cut up bottle, the saucer, and then the rest of the allotted time hosing into the top of the pot to give the mulch some moisture. And the incessant weeds... At about the fifth pot, I thought I better check for how moist was the soil anyway- it was to about a fingers depth deep after three days since the last watering.

From the meter, I read ~00841148 beforehand, and 00841383- about 240 litres for the lot? And the strawberries, coriander and chives and greenhut vines. There are 38 shiraz vines now, refoliating furiously! And the newbies too. Only 9 Pinots with 3 littlies. And the orphan Chardonnay- at least until veraison it is! So it looks like about 2 to 3 liters per vine every 3 to 4 days should keep them moist most of the time, with an extra allowed on the hottest days.

Berry development report- Pinot Noir are still on the small size, at least compared to the Foxey Garage grapes which are almost a centimeter diameter now and only watered off the old shed roof!