Well, I did find an acceptable outlet for my frustration. I went out and worked on my ancient grapevine.
Last year I discovered that a huge brushpile out back had grapes growing from it, so we picked them and made grape juice. It was a huge jumble of vines that obviously hadn’t been cared for in many years. There was an arbor made of fence wire underneath it all, but you could hardly see it. I decided this year to prune the vine and see if we could get it into some semblance of order. I did some research the other day to find out how to prune a grapevine, but all that pretty much went out the window when I actually started on it.
Looking at it now that it doesn’t have leaves, I could see that there was a small pine tree that had been dropped right on top of the arbor–no wonder there were so many dead branches! Of course, the vine had grown all around the tree, so it was a real challenge to get it out of there. I sawed off branches and pulled and yanked and pulled some more. Finally had to saw the trunk in two in order to get it out of there. Since I am not about to try using a chainsaw, I had to just hack through it with a pruning saw. I expect to have some sore muscles tomorrow.
It looks so much better now, though! After getting the pine tree and all its branches out of there, I could actually see the vine, but it is so old and overgrown I really have no idea how to prune it. I ended up just taking off anything that broke when I pulled on it, and everything that had some life still in it, I left. I also sawed off a few pine branches that were shading the arbor, so the grapes can get more sunshine.
The arbor itself really needs to be repaired. The tree pushed it down so that it’s only about a foot off the ground in some places. I may try to tackle that and some more pruning tomorrow if it doesn’t rain.
They keep forecasting rain and then pushing it back. I love it. This is just about the most perfect weather possible!