1st Year Vineyard Part I

Personal blog account of vineyard planning: I was anxious to plant a vineyard during the first growing season. Having a vineyard was one of our primary reasons for moving to the valley. A new vineyard takes 3 years to partially produce a harvest, and another year or two to fully reap. The clock was ticking, and there was a winter to plan and prepare. During the first year, I’d need to lay out and plant the vineyard, provide irrigation, and construct a wildlife fence.

1st Year Vineyard – Part II

Personal blog account of vineyard planting. The time had come to dig holes for the grape rootstock. Complete to-date; vineyard site and grape selection, site prep, vine row, and hole layout, and determine how to plant the rootstock. To do; plant, install irrigation, monitor growth, build wildlife fence, and winter prep.

2nd Year Vineyard – Part I

My first-year vineyard experience was by all accounts a success. The level of effort both mental and especially physical was taxing, yet satisfying. My expectations and excitement for the second year were sky-high. I believed I was prepared but as learned on several occasions the previous year—”you don’t know what you don’t know” (Socrates).

2nd Year Vineyard – Part II

One of the greatest English poets of the twentieth century W. H. Auden once remarked, “In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag”. This was my frame of mind as spring gave way to summer. Completion of spring tasks as highlighted in Year 2 Part I, set the stage for a summer of pruning vines to the trellis, an activity I immensely looked forward to.

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