I’ve been working a bit for a local farmer in his vineyards lately and even though the work is totally relaxed and i get some money, i still think it is so much unnecessary work! But that’s where most of my inspiration comes from :) So i was thinking about how one could produce grapes in a more permaculture style, with getting more energy out thann putting into the system. I don’t know much about growing grapes, but some ideas crossed my mind rapidly ;) So here’s a first picture - not much knew on the vines actually, but at least some more functions.
There’s stones which trap the heat at day to release it at night and they also collect water drops on der underneath (mulch), pretty much every vineyard here is full of unwanted stones! They also protect the soil and can be a shelter for insects. Then there is a line of stones to step on, as next to them, in every line of vines, there’s a small swale to retain the moisture and prevent erosion. The lines are not downwards the hill in my case, there should be on contour, as only the one can work with swales. And finally, in my case, the vines will be cut a bit higher than the usual, as there will be herbs growing on the lower level - all kinds of them, in my case Lavender, Rosemary and Sage - which can either be sold as kitchen herbs but also for aromatic use (incense, cushion fillings, etc) or medicinal use. The lines of herbs should vary as monoculture is not good for the soil, nor for anything else! ;)
And thenn, i’ve already got more ideas in my head for new pictures, as some days ago i just read this: Companion Planting for Grapes
If only they would grow Clover as a groundcover, this would be so much better for the soil, give mulch, prevent erosion, actually help the vines as it adds nitrogen to the soil, and also, they could sell it as hay for rabbits & guinea pigs…