Wednesday February 10, 2010

I was at the vineyard today to see if yesterday’s solid rain had caused any damage – it hadn’t. The ground cover which we planted to control erosion is thriving. Portions which have been mowed are growing again rapidly. Unfortunately, today the ground is still a little too wet for the tractor but thanks to the sandy soil we can probably resume mowing tomorrow.

The photos are of the ground cover – not too exciting – but I show them to illustrate the variety of herbs and grasses that we use. Most are legumes  – stabilizing and at the same time returning nutrients to the soil.

The vines are still dormant but here and there you can see the buds starting to appear. It is still very cold at night and we would rather they waited a few more weeks. The frost threat, however, lasts well into May.

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