Young vines all need attention at this time of year. Second year vines should have cordons growing in both directions from the trunk and they need to be tied to the top wire. This is done with a biodegradable jute twine which is excellent from an environmental perspective but it only lasts 2–3 years and has to be redone regularly. We started on Itasca and Verona, both of which will produce fruit for the first time this year. These vines are at Tassel Ridge vineyard. We also worked on the well-established Foch at Newport Lane as well as the young St. Pepin and Brianna at Maple Woods.

Our plan was to spray fungicide at Tassel Ridge and Meadowcreek, and weather permitting, to spray herbicide as needed.