29 June, 2016
So nice to cut stems: it means no rain
Finally, the tops of the vines have been cut in all plots.
As the stems grow longer, they become quite heavy as well, and the vineyard grows more and more chaotic.
Shorter lengths help to control this otherwise rather uncontrollable growth.
This season the weather has been rather uncontrollable.
Lots and lots of rain has made it rather difficult to find time to do this job.
As you cannot drive the enjambeur tractor in the plots when it's too wet.
There is the risk of sliding.
But even worse, the weight of the machine may compress the soils which anyone would want to avoid.
So we have done other things as we waited for better times, better days.
And less rain.
Well, yesterday was such a day, and now the job is done.
For some time anyway.
In a week's time the next set of stems will have grown longer. And then it will be their turn to have their tops cut.
One of summer's pleasures. Or whatever.
This year it's sort of nice to cut since it means no rain for a little bit of time.