Pruning – Part 4

April 4th, 2018

This is the final video of our four part pruning sequel (albeit that the final part is not so much pruning, but rather burning). Before I start I should say that we don’t always burn the vine cuttings, sometimes they are shredded and ploughed back into the soil. There are two factors that determine whether we do this or not.

The first is quite simple – if there is any trace of disease in the dead wood, then the cuttings will be burned without question. Secondly, is the soil analysis. Every year we have all the soils in our vineyards analised, and then simply treat according to what is required (always natural bio-treatments approved by ecological agriculture). One of the reasons that we don’t need to re-cycle vine cuttings every year (adding more organic material) is because we already feed the soil during the growing cycle. Because we allow grass to grow naturally between the vines, then obviously we have to cut it, and when we do the mulch that is formed often provides enough natural nutrient on its own. In effect, any additional treatments that we use are only by way of a supplement to this natural process.

(Please remember that today’s video was filmed out of sequence, before the onset of the current period of cold, wet weather!)

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