Sunday, October 26, 2014

Merlot flowers and Downy Mildew: Just another Spring

I like my garden. As a tribute to wine, I planted a Merlot and a Sauvignon Blanc about 15 years ago. I've also got table grapes of many types.

It doesn't matter what I do in spring I always get enough moisture for downy mildew. I have a particularly no resistant sultana grape that is hit first. These few drops of rain and the wrinkling of the leaf tells me that we're on, again. Every year, I kid myself into thinking I'll beat the fungus. But as my friend Andre said: "your garden is a laboratory, with everything so close, you're sure to have problems". Don't get me started on the many kilograms of different fungicides I've tried.

But it's still nice to see grape flowers.

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