Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Your Vines and Wines, A Guide to Vine Growing Outside in Britain, Michael Jefferson-Brown

This book was first published in 1977 and my copy was the third impression printed in 1980. It is a small short book of  85 pages but it covers the basics of growing wine and table grapes in a climate like the UK quite well. It gives an overview of how to achieve site selection, what varieties to grow, pruning techniques (recommending Double Guyot where one has two fruting canes and two canes for fruiting next year, what to do during the year, how to propogate vines which sounds extremely simple, some pests and diseases but this section is not very detailed, winemaking, and some specific for growing in greenhouse conditions. All in all, this is a very good introduction to growing grapes in a cooler climate. The ISBN number is 0950580007. The author grows grapes (or did do in the late seventies and early eightees) in Whitbourne near Worcester, England.

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