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Much of the work of this mouth is but a continuation of that recommended for June: tying up, removing lateral shoots and suckers, keeping the weeds down, etc. etc. Some vine dressers recommend stirring the earth with the plough, the cultivator, or the hoe; others, merely to keep the weeds down with a hoe, or even a short scythe, and not to cultivate the ground until the grapes begin to color a little, for fear of inducing the rot by opening the earth to admit too much moisture. Experience has not yet sufficiently tested which of these two methods is best. I prefer the latter.
The vines grow very rapidly this month, and will require close attention in tying up. The bearing canes for next year will reach the tops of the stakes, and should be trained over and fastened to the adjoining stakes.
About the latter end of June, and during this month, the rot (our great enemy) usually appears. Arising principally from atmospheric causes, it is difficult to find a remedy for it; but in porous subsoils, and in others well drained, it is found to be the least destructive. Many plans, by surface draining, special culture, etc. etc, are being tried, and it is hoped some partial remedy, at least, may ultimately be discovered. by william saunders.