We are almost finished pruning! You cannot believe what happy campers we are around here! We have pruned 30 1/3 acres and only have 2 more to go - one more day.I always love how clean the vineyard looks after hand pruning is completed. There is vine trash in the middle of the rows but that will be taken care of with the flail mower.It is amazing that this year, bud break is a whole month … [Read more...] about Almost Finished Pruning – 30 Acres Done, 2 to Go!
Hand pruning is in full swing at the vineyard. With 32 1/3 acres to prune, we have to book it to get finished before bud break. A typical day for us from now until we are done is being out in the vineyard around 9:00 am and working until 5:00 pm.We do stop for breaks after finishing a row. Lunch is at 1:00 and this year we are eating it in the vineyard.Hand pruning needs to be finished before … [Read more...] about Hand Pruning the Vineyard 2017
Last year, we purchased the Pellenc TRP Precision Pruner which cut our pruning time in half! The TRP attaches on the front arm of the Pellenc 4560 as it straddles the vine row (like the pre-pruner).Like we expected, the Pellenc TRP cut our hand pruning time from 2 1/2 months down to 1 month, That is a big difference! Not only are we saving time but it also saves our hands.Unlike the … [Read more...] about Precision Pruning Using the Pellenc TRP 2017
Here we go again! Pre-pruning the vineyard 2017 has started and finished. Using our Pellenc 4560 grape harvester with the pre-pruner attachment makes it quick and easy.Well, it still takes a week to do the 32 acres but for the amount of work done, that is nothing!The pre-pruner cuts the vines down to the desired height. It then removes and mulches the excess vine growth from the wires as it … [Read more...] about Pre-Pruning the Vineyard 2017
It is hard to believe that Decks our Jersey bull calf is almost 3 months old! He was born before Christmas and is named after the Christmas carol, "Deck the Halls". After leaving him with Beatrice for a couple of days to nurse, we separated them.Decks is now in a pen beside the chickens and ducks. The little Jersey bull will be moved out with the big cows as soon as he grows a bit taller. We use … [Read more...] about Decks the Jersey Bull is Almost 3 Months Old!
For a chronological listing of our building projects with ICF (or insulated concrete forms), be sure to look through the ICF Building Index tab in the menu bar.We are getting a wee bit nervous with the warm weather we have been having! With temperatures in the 70°F and even 80°F, the concern is that the grapevines will begin to wake up and bud out. Then, if we have another freeze, this year's … [Read more...] about EIFS Window Trim for the Finishing Touch