Spring is the time for bud break. If we get a cold night or two we may have to protect the tender new growth from frost. That means wind machines will be operating (you may have seen them in vineyards, they look like big fans) or we may sprinkle the vines with water. Either method can maintain a high enough temperature to save an entire crop. Maybe you’ve already seen our growing tubes (they look like milk cartons and sometimes they are -- we love to recycle things). They act as miniature greenhouses to speed growth of young vines. Training the new vines, the tubes are also protection from rabbits or other little creatures that might devour them. Later on we’ll be mowing cover crops. But mowers can’t reach directly under the trellis or between vines. We may cultivate with a hoe plow or spray with Roundup®. Some vineyards will also be disking last year’s cane and this year’s ground cover. You can expect a little noise and dust but disking recycles vineyard waste and revitalizes the earth in a single operation.