Congressional Edition Volume 3758

Congressional Edition Volume 3758

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... are all allowed to grow as they please during the summer, and at the regular pinning in March these canes are cut back to one or two eyes, from which spring the bearing canes. Of course as the vines get old too many spurs are made, and many of them too long, when some of them must be cut out altogether. Under this system most of the grapes seem to thrive very well, although there is a great deal of careless staking and training in the early life of the vines, resulting in difficult pruning later on, and many of the bunches get spoiled by the mud, owing to the want of good, straight, strong trunks to hold up the fruit. There is considerable difference of opinion as to whether the grapevines need to be hilled up during the winter in this valley. The old custom among the natives has been to cover the vines with hills of earth in the month of November and not to uncover until the following March, when it is time to prune. The mounds of earth are raised sufficiently high to just cover the buds which are to be left lor the coming year. No irrigation is given during the winter, or until after pruning. The object of this hilling up is not to protect the vines so much from the winter cold as from the cold, drying winds, which cause the trunk to crack and the canes to winterkill. It is, however, claimed by those who have tried it in recent years that if the vineyards be irrigated during the winter these dry, cold winds do no harm and the vines thrive better. Pruning is usually done in March, but earlier grapes are produced when the vines are pruned in the fall. Undoubtedly much better results would be obtained if the vines were wider apart, better trained, and the surface soil kept well pulverized throughout the year. People taking up this industry more

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  • Paperback | 572 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236654536
  • 9781236654533