[NAFEX] a very pleasant surprise!

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Jun 5 23:22:14 EDT 2007

Treat them like new vines.  Clean out around them, train a shoot as a  
trunk and remove all but one of the other shoots on each vine.  Keep  
that one pinched off at the tip to retard it.  It's a reserve.  Once  
the main vine is trained up you can remove the "spare".   This assumes  
you are growing the vines with single trunks.  In cold climates it's  
usually better to train to two or even three trunks.  With three, at  
least one will survive a bad winter more than 90% of the time.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at  
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association  
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
For even more grape lessons, go to  http://www.grapeschool.com
For growing supplies and more;  http://www.grapegrowersolutions.com

On Jun 5, 2007, at 7:26 PM, Toni Pralle wrote:

I thought all my grapes had died this winter but lo and behold, I have  
green things coming on a few of them. I didn't even mow around them or  
anything because I thought they were gone. Now the problem. Do I mow  
now? Or leave the tall grass around them? This is nice lawn grass, not  
weedy grass. I've watered and we have had rain so there is a chance  
they will survive. The vine is "old" wood about 6 inches tall. The new  
shoots are coming from that so nothing very tall. Just let them go?  
Keep them watered? Fertilize? With what? When? These were new last year  
and didn't get enough water last summer. I've got a better system this  

Toni in zone 4 Iowa USA
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falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the  
Government from falling into error.
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