Winter Management in the Vineyard (AKA The Hard Yards!)

Winter management just about done! The pruning started in mid June (something I always do myself). Similar to last year, we have pruned down to one cane (instead of two) and two two-bud spurs – sort of giving the vine a rest by reducing the crop and the closest I can get to Townsend’s principle of crop rotation in monoculture! After pruning we pull out all the cuttings and drop them in the row. With a tractor mounted mulcher we chew them all up, going over them twice – it’s sort of carbon sequestration I suppose, returning it all to the soil. The canes are tied down to the fruiting wire. What follows will be an overwinter housekeeping spray (lime sulphur) to ensure no evil fungal spores are around, some nitrogen into the ground and undervine weedicide to reduce competition. All finished by the end of August (I hope)!

Almost the finished product - pruned, cleared, tied down and mulched

Almost the finished product – pruned, cleared, tied down and mulched

About Rusty Cook

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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