"Yeah" or "Boohoo"- I'm not sure how to respond to no more milk from Margie! She is getting a 2 month break from milking because we dried her off in preparation for calving. She gets a break to grow the calf and rest - and so do we! While I will admit, it is nice not to get up at 6 AM to milk, I really do miss the fresh milk. We have a milking rotation so everyone gets to share the love of … [Read more...] about No More Milk – Yeah or Boohoo?
Shhhhh...can you hear? Its the sound of rejoicing! Yes, we finished pruning the vineyard on Sturday! After only one month, all 32 acres are done. Thanks to our new Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP, we pruned in about half the time it has taken us in the past. Guess what we did to celebrate. We watched the new Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens. I won't give any spoilers but is was good. Real … [Read more...] about 2016 Vineyard Pruning Complete!
We have a new vineyard toy - the Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP! This is the toy I promised to tell you more about last week in "Pre-pruning the Vineyard". The TRP attaches on the front arm of the Pellenc 4560 as it straddles the vine row (like the pre-pruner). The TRP will cut our pruning time by one half to two-thirds! That means that instead of pruning for 2 - 1/2 months, we will only be … [Read more...] about Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP
It is time of year again and we have already begun pre-pruning the vineyard and even finish pruning it! When we purchased our Pellenc 4560 grape harvester, we also purchased a pre-pruner attachment. This means pre-pruning the vineyard is done mechanically and saves us a lot of time. The pre-pruner cuts the vines down to the desired height, removing and mulching the excess vine growth from the … [Read more...] about Pre-pruning the Vineyard 2016
If you are new, you can see the progression of our ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) house that overlooks the vineyard under the ICF Index tab which is under "Family Life". As you can imagine, the landscape around the vineyard has really changed with the addition of the steel roof structure, ICF walls and metal roof of the house. While the roofers are not quite finished, there are only a few pieces … [Read more...] about The Metal Roof is Almost Finished!
If you are new, you can see the progression of our ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) house that overlooks the vineyard under the ICF Index tab which is under "Family Life". This is how our ICF block walls look now that they are stacked and filled with concrete. ICF blocks are insulated concrete forms that stack like legos and are easy for DIY'ers like us! But, all is not bliss... The best laid … [Read more...] about ICF Blocks – Walls Stacked and Filled with Concrete