Budbreak and beyond

Budbreak happened outside the Garagistes lair somewhere around April Fool’s day – fitting, considering how inevitably these vines succumb to powdery mildew. My plan this year is to hit it early and often with Kaligreen, an organic fungicide that takes no prisoners, so with luck, maybe I’ll get a few pounds of fruit off the vines come October.

Budbreak in Southeast Portland usually seems to be about 10 days ahead of real vineyards closer to the Coast Range (the Dundee Hills in particular). John Paul of Cameron Winery wrote the other day that

Bud break is in full swing and the nebbiolo started a couple of weeks ago just ahead of the significant frost out there weekend before last

… so it looks like the 10 day rule still holds, at least this year.

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