With the extreme dry weather that much of Michigan (and to a greater extent the majority of the U.S.) has been experiencing we have put off for a couple of months the planting of our new vines that were grafted earlier this spring. During the last few weeks the vines have been growing in their planting trays at my dads place a few miles from the vineyard. He has been watering and spraying them as needed so they have been doing fine.
We were beginnging to wonder if they would ever get planted this year but lucky for us it has rained 3 times in the last 2 weeks to give the soil some much needed moisture.
I had previously marked the rows for planting (along with killing the weeds) so it was a rather straightforward project of augering the holes, planting, adding bamboo and tying them up to the bamboo stake.
This year we are skipping the grow tubes as the deer fence is in place and we want to see how things do with out the tubes. Our biggest concern is the Japanese beetles that seem to be out in force this year. Our older vines have a lot more growth on them so they can handle a few beetles eating some of the leaves. But our just planted varieties only have a couple of leaves on them at this point so there is not a lot of room for error. I guess we will find out in a few weeks…