Spring is keeping us very busy!
Mowing of the sward (grass and weeds between rows of vines) is now complete. Keeping the sward low to the ground helps keep frost away from the buds. It is Central Otago’s experience that the damaging frosts occur late in November when the shoots are at their most vulnerable. Our handyman Tony continues with general repairs – broken posts, loose numbers on the rows, protective caps on each post requiring replacement or hammering down.
Meanwhile work continues with the eradication of the rabbit problem. Those already inside dig deep holes beside vines and to compound the problem they are breeding at speed! It is true that rabbits do multiply quickly. A healthy female has an average of three litters a year and each litter has four to five babies. The gestation period is only four weeks and rabbits reach their sexual maturity at six months. The damage to a vineyard can be enormous if they are not kept under control.