Starts April 9: Vineyard care through the seasons

powdery-mildew-on-grapesBOW, Wash. – Three seasonal workshops about vineyard care will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 9, July 16 and Sept. 17 at the Allen Fire Station, 9061 Avon Allen Rd., in Bow. Each lecture and discussion will be followed by hand’s-on practice at a nearby vineyard guided by viticulturist Gary Moulton.

Cost is $40 per person per workshop or all three for $100. To register online, visit Or download the form from and mail with a check. The series is sponsored by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension in partnership with WSU Skagit County Extension.

vineyard-careParticipants should dress for the weather and bring pruners, gloves and a brown bag lunch.

The sessions are:

Spring Vineyard Management, Saturday, April 9: The basics of dormant season vineyard care, pruning, training, estimating bud numbers for a balanced vine, nutrient management, irrigation setup, pest management and weed control.

Summer Vineyard Management, Saturday, July 16: The principles of canopy and crop load management, manipulating shoots to maximize quality, when to cluster thin, the use of micronutrient sprays to enhance yield and quality and a netting machine demo.

Harvest/Fall Vineyard Management, Saturday, Sept. 17: How to determine proper harvest timing, taking brix measurements, soil testing, variety selection, along with next year’s list of chores.

Instructor Moulton started in 1980 with the fruit horticulture department at WSU Mount Vernon and is a private consultant and workshop speaker. He has authored several WSU Extension publications and has been a guest expert on radio’s “Gardening with Ed Hume.”


Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024, cell 360-794-6081,



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