Farming Activities

April 24th, 2011

 

Wow, what a fast and exhilarating 2010 year it has been!
Buildings to build (and to break down!), trees and vines to plant, roads to build etc. and before we know it the year was a memory. (Luckily it was quite a dry season)
In 2010 we planted a variety of new cultivar plums.  Planting was done in June / July which mean before one can start with the planting, all the soil preparations, making of the ridges, planting of the poles, irrigation etc. has to be done and be in place.
We also did quite a bit of vine planting, like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (Champagne cultivars included) and Cabernet Sauvignon. All done on the 7 wire Perold system.  We did a one hectare block of Mourvedre on the  “STOK BY PAALTJIE” method.  Looking forward to the quality of grapes from this system.  Luckily all the wire, poles, irrigation etc. could be done after the planting in July / August.
We also did an extensive road building exercise up in the South east corner of the Farm where it is quite steep.  This was done to prevent future soil erosion in the rainy winter months.
As for this past season we started picking our plums in early November going on every week until middle January after which the wine grape picking started.   The 2010 / 2011 growth season was recognised by a lower than normal rainfall.  This led to our vineyards being very healthy which means very few fungal diseases and also a lot less fungal sprays. The dry climate also caused the berries to be much smaller,  which is very positive for the cellar in terms of grape quality.  Beginning of February we started to harvest our Peckham’s Triumph pears for about 2 weeks.Currently we are picking Satsuma easy peeler citrus with good quality and size.  LANDBOU GROETE! Hannes

 

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