The results are in for the nematode assay on our prospective first vineyard… we are infected with the dreaded Dagger Nematode. What are nematodes? Glad you asked. They are a parasitic non-segmented pin worm that live in soil. When present in large numbers, they attach themselves to root systems, suck the life out of the plant and then burrow inside the carcass and reproduce, while feeding on the bacteria infested corpse. They are the zombie apocalypse of the plant world. How do we kill the nematodes? Not sure yet, but Jeff Miller is an experienced USMC Combat Engineer, and I am diving into the science journals in an attempt to better understand the enemy. Stay tuned.