Spent the whole week in Okana Vineyard doing some laterals removal. At this time of the year, this is one hell of a tough job, just like last year. At the same time, I have had some time to think over the whole process, and there are questions to be answered.

I want to find out when is the best timing to do bud rubbing so that you don’t have to go at it again and again.

I want to find out when is the best time to do wire lifting so that the canes grow straight up instead of sideways, which makes the canopy real bushy! It seems that getting the timing for wire lifting correct will also help the laterals to grow straight out into the row, then to be cut off by the trimmer.

Not to forget, the best time to do laterals removal and leaf plucking. Right after fruit set? Just before veraison?

I need a plan to make the vineyard operations run like clockwork, one of Swiss standard! Yet, a value for money to operate, like a Swatch 😉

Well, I’ll just have to go and have a long chat with our neighbors one day. They are after all very experienced viticulturalist, and their vineyard is just next door!

At home, the purple of the phacelia lacy are going away, being replaced by yellow and white. 2 sheeps got into the compound the other day, and they chew off everything on the tucker patch. I am not pissed off about it because I know I am not going to be able to harvest from the patch this season as there’s a big upgrading plan in mid-Autumn.

I am more pissed off with them uprooting the moonflowers I transplanted to the other side of the fence, as well as nibbling off the top of some of my corn plants. That’s so not cool! I am going to keep the gates shut from now on whenever I’m not around.

I bought a Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) from Mitre10 yesterday for a clearance price of $3. Its one of those not doing so well plants, but I am nursing it in my greenhouse now, misting it with a very mild dilution of Seasol and PowerFeed daily. I just, got to remember to take it out some time when the plants outdoor are getting ready for their long nap. It’s deciduous.