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_____Much of our precipitation comes in January, February and March, so we plan outdoor tasks that can be done in fits and starts. This is a good time to replant the few vines we need to because they are dormant.

_____Pictured here is a happy, healthy 15 year old Chenin Blanc vine. Look at how many branches and canes this vine sports! Unlucky vines die from squirrels damaging their roots, or some die due to tractor blight (contracted via humans), and some get sick for reasons unknown.
A Good Grapevine!
A Bad Grape Vine! LEFT: A sad, ailing Chenin Blanc grapevine. Notice the distinct lack of branches and canes. The wood is noticeably grey.

RIGHT: Aaron digs a big hole to remove as many of the roots as possible. Loose soil helps the new vine redily establish itself.
Aaron Digs With all His Might!
The plant is rotted out! LEFT: This unlucky vine has no healthy roots - a vine should have a root structure nearly equal to its canopy.

RIGHT: Jim is replanting in his
Primitivo vineyard. Since Aaron digs holes faster than Jim plants vines, Jim stores the tender baby vines loosely in a bucket of water, protecting the roots from cold air. The dog is Spud.
Spud Guards the Vines from Rabbits!
Jim Plants with a Steady Hand! LEFT: The vine is planted after the stake is pounded. Vines are placed on the east side of stakes to facilitate training.

RIGHT: Vines are buried to an inch or two below the graft. A milk carton is placed over the post and around the vine to protect the it from frost and hungry jackrabbits.
It'll be Dormant 'til Spring!
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