The barley, oats and clover have grown and, as you can see in the video, the moment has finally arrived to cut them. In earlier posts, I explained why we planted grain between the rows of grape vines http://blog.rivetto.it/en/5671-why-is-there-barley-in-the-vineyards . In this one I want to explain the benefits that this method has for the vines, once the plants are cut.
Once cut, the barley and oats will create a soft bed of hay in between the rows, which will prevent light from penetrating through, and so there will be no grass and, most important of all, the ground will remain cool and damp. Another advantage is the reduction of fungi, or to be more precise blight spores, which will get trapped between the ground and the cut grain, without jumping onto the plant. If you get the chance to feel underneath the hay, you will understand right away how wonderfully the earth is revitalizing there.
I am very excited about this approach to wine-growing, and the more I experience I have with it, the more convinced I become. The critical moment is about to arrive, so we are hoping and keeping our fingers crossed!