Good and Late
May 9, 2014
Many of us have been bemoaning a slow start to spring. The last ice melted in our pond only a month ago. It seems to me the grass turned green within the last week. The daffodils have just bloomed. I finally wore shorts on my bike ride to work this week.
And the vines? They’re well behind where they were this time last year, and that’s a good thing.
One of the biggest threats to our crop are last spring frosts. After the vines bud out, they’re at risk of getting burned on a cold night in late April or early May. When spring is slow and bud break is delayed, as it is this year, the vines are at a much lower risk of frost.
See a photo comparison of the past three years below.
The first line is this year. The buds are just starting to swell, and it’ll be several more days before any of them open.
The second line is 2013, and you can see we had a blanket of baby leaves at this time last year.
The third line is 2012, when we had a very early bud break and some frost damage (see last photo).
Click on thumbnails for a slideshow.