Viticulture and Trufferies on the West Tamar

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Viticulture and Trufferies on the West Tamar

Postby walkinTas » Sat 05 Jul, 2008 1:33 pm

tasadam wrote:Looks like you've got a nice bit of north facing slope there on the Tamar - plant some grapes & make some wine!!
Programs I have used are http://www.panoramafactory.com/ and Adobe Photoshop. Neither are free though.


That's a top idea Adam. And when you're done growing the grapes and all, sing out and we'll come and help you drink all the wine. Wouldn't want you to do all the work yourself Nik. :D

Thanks for the software tips. I need a free tool for just that purpose.

Admin Edit: This topic has been split off from the 'Hugin' topic.
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby tasadam » Sun 06 Jul, 2008 10:01 am

How to get a post off topic...
I have done a viticulture course - I have enough knowledge and literature to get you up and running Nik - if you want to ??
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby Son of a Beach » Sun 06 Jul, 2008 10:05 am

I only grow eating grapes. There's enough vinyeards and wineries around here... I don't need to start another one! :-)
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby walkinTas » Sun 06 Jul, 2008 9:16 pm

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I'm a horticulturist Nik, but I've always wanted to try viticulture. :wink: How big is that block?
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby Son of a Beach » Sun 06 Jul, 2008 9:30 pm

you grow it, I'll squash it! :D
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby walkinTas » Tue 08 Jul, 2008 4:48 pm

Son of a Beach wrote:you grow it, I'll squash it! :D


What do you reckon Adam? That's close enough to a yes isn't it? We'd better measure up the block if we are to get the vines planted by spring. :)
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 08 Jul, 2008 6:17 pm

I've already got one vine in (just a few weeks ago), but it's only for eating. Now the block over my back fence (currently planted out with hazel nut trees), would be ideal for a vineyard!
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby walkinTas » Tue 08 Jul, 2008 11:28 pm

No Nik, they are for growing truffles. You need white wine to go with truffles. :)
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby Son of a Beach » Wed 09 Jul, 2008 7:26 am

walkinTas wrote:No Nik, they are for growing truffles. You need white wine to go with truffles. :)

Yes, but sadly, the truffles ain't working - ground temperature too warm next to the tamar, is the suspected culprit.

EDIT
OK ok, enough is enough, I have relented and decided to put in a vineyard. After all, it takes a while for the truffles to grow, and it takes a while for a vineyard to produce its first vintage.
So.
I figure on this plot I have enough room to install 11 rows of vines, each row containing 20 vines spaced evenly, allowing enough room for each vine to develop a good canopy and thus produce a good fruit set.
So I have purchased 88 copper logs to install at the ends - to build the stays that support the retaining wires at each end.
They will be in a shape of
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So the wire extends from the left.
22 tall logs for the main stays, and 66 for the brace configuration.

The wire - I have decided on the Scott Henry Trellis system so have purchased enough wire for 8 wires each row.

The cuttings - I have contacted a local vineyard that has been expanding - it turns out they have developed a rootstock excess to their requirements so they have allowed me to relieve them of enough cuttings to grow 6 rows of Chardonnay, and 5 rows of Pinot.

A mate with a back hoe is coming on the weekend to dig the rows over and prepare the soil - adding nutrients and mounding the rows.
I have decided to install irrigation pipes at this time as well and am now looking for donations of 12mm poly pipe.

Around each cutting I will be installing a tube to encorage vertical growth.

And if you believe any of this, you have been sucked in because this entire EDIT has been made by Tasadam using my moderator powers to, most unethically, edit a post by the site admin... :lol:
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby Son of a Beach » Wed 09 Jul, 2008 12:02 pm

sheesh... I wish I had a mate with a back hoe!
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Re: Viticulture and Trufferies on the West Tamar

Postby frank_in_oz » Wed 09 Jul, 2008 3:22 pm

Had me, could not believe how fast the decisions and actions were made. Takes me 6mths to plan something like that.
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Re: Hugin - panorama photo stitcher

Postby walkinTas » Wed 09 Jul, 2008 3:49 pm

Son of a Beach wrote:And if you believe any of this, you have been sucked in because this entire EDIT has been made by Tasadam using my moderator powers to, most unethically, edit a post by the site admin... :lol:


:lol: ...and it all sounded so reasonable. All I can say is don't blame me in 20 years time when we are trying to celebrate the new found alternative to paper and 20th anniversary of the end of old growth logging and we don't have any truffles or wine.
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