Field Note: #2. Biodiversity
"Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder".
Within one of our vineyards a selection of field flowers are planted between the vines, down every tenth row. As Mustard turns to seed and falls, the Phacelia grows tall, followed by Red Clover. The mix is planted to aid in the natural replenishment of soil nutrients and attract pollinating insects, which in turn help these plants to grow. The flowers also attract predator insects meaning we don’t need to intervene because nature is doing it for us. While the rows may look a little wild and unkempt, many bees (and different types of bees) are a sign of a healthy and diverse ecosystem.