Summer suffering with the hoe

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New ungrafted plantation at Barbabecchi

The summer is a tough period for young vines. Their roots are hardly deep and widespread enough to survive the dry summer season in our sandy and rocky lava soil.

As I prefer to avoid irrigating (giving water) the young vines and thus making them used to search for water in surface, we are working the vines traditionally with the hoe so that every drop of humidity is accumulated around the young vines in order to survive and for their roots to go down to search for the necessary humidity.

This year we have a long summer with little or no rain and so we are working manually through the new vines for the 4th time. Nevertheless, we have to settle with a loss of nearly 15% of the new vines planted which didn’t make it through the summer. A rough environment for delicate young life.

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