I love the spring. It is the time of year when the grapes start emerging from their dormancy and we get our first indications of what the season will hold. Spring is by far the busiest time of year for vineyard folks. I know that many people think harvest is the more hectic, but I will let you in on a little secret… Harvest is actually a lot of fun. It is merely a lesson in logistics and managing crazed winemakers. I digress.
I am really happy with how well our insectary cover crop blend has grown this spring. A combination of warmer weather and just the right amount of rainfall has led to a beautiful display of flowers in our vineyards.
We use this cover crop to attract beneficial insects to help keep pests at bay. Since we started using this blend several years ago, we have not had to spray for any unwanted pests. An insectary cover crop is a must in any organically farmed vineyard. The blend we used is made up of Persian clover, white yarrow, coriander, baby’s breath, rose clover, tidy tips, crimson clover, California bluebell, California poppy, Chinese houses and birdsfoot trefoil.
The vines are growing extremely well, and it looks like there are many flowers that, if all continues to go well, will turn into many clusters. Dare I say it, there is great potential for the season, and, wait for it, I am happy.
If you have any free time over the next few weeks, please come to the winery for a visit ; the scenery is beautiful and the weather is going to be lovely.
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