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    Linden is offline Germinator
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    Hi David, I am in north west Kent. My soil is quite stoney loam with good drainage. Soil type is similar at home but the allotment is well sheltered, and is in a great position, but almost too good as it is so hot lately and I have no water there(only butts),I was sort of comparing the site to vineyards in Italy where I know they are not watered.

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    hhhmm this is rather strange tbh,sounds like you have a really good set up ,good soil and everything ,when you say good shelter ,what do you mean ? not in a tunnel i take it ? can you take some photos for us pls ? i was talking to a freind up the plot today and they said that the uk wine makers are having a great year ,do you have a vinyard near you ? might be worth giving them a call any seeing if you can get some tips ,be interesting to find out whats going on ,cheers gl
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    Hi Linden,
    I am quite surprised with the soil you have that your vines are suffering so badly as the roots should be really deep by now. I spray mine fortnightly with liquid seaweed which apart from feeding also toughened the leaves. It may also reduce transpiration leaving more water for the grapes. My vineyard (60 vines in the garden) was flooded in spring with all the rain we had and I was worried about the roots rotting.
    Do you have grafted vines? If so perhaps the rootstock does not cope well with drought. I have SO4 which luckily copes well with badly drained soil. Don’t loose hope because next year will probably be a normal English summer with plenty of rain.
    Just another thought, how many bunches have you left on each vine? Mine are producing their first crop and I have only left three bunches per vine. Too many bunches on young vines will need more sustenance and could also weaken the vines for next year.

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    Hi David, mine also are on so4 rootstock. They are in their 4th year, last year I only let them have 2 bunches per vine, this year Iíve left 2 bunches per vertical shoot. I have been spraying with a fungicide for powdery mildew which I bought in Italy last year, now Iím wondering if it could be this,. Tried uploading some pictures but not happening, going up there in a minute before football kicks off take some more pictures and try to upload again

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    Remember that you need to shrink the size of your photos first.

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    Hi Linden,

    I have been spraying with a Dithane, wettable sulphur, Epsom salts and seaweed mix. If the problem was the fungicide I would have thought it would have damaged the leaves first before the fruit. With the lighter soil you have it is probably a water shortage which would probably indicate a hard layer preventing the roots getting deep. I know that the loss of your grapes is really hard but remember that we have not had a dry summer like this since the 70s. Another thought. Is it the first bunch on the vertical shoot or the second or both. You might be able to save some of your crop by removing some of the bunches.

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    No tried everything still canít upload pictures, I can WhatsApp, email or text if anyone can post on for me

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    Maybe you need a few more posts, Linden. New members often can't post images until they've shown themselves to be legitimate members!!
    Keep posting and I'm sure it will soon be possible...............and Welcome to to the Forum .
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