One issue that we have is that while our gopher traps, called The Gophinator, are quite hardy, they do disappear as predators drag them away with the dead gophers. Attaching a length of cable to our traps and connecting them to the ground with a flag or stake allow us to identify where they are and keep the predators from taking off with them.
it seems that our love and attention has caused havoc in the vineyard. By making sure there is food and water for our feathered friends, they have decided that this is the place to be. And just about the time Kosta Browne wants our fruit, when the grapes are ripe with sugars, the birds have decided they want our grapes, too.
We're doing some early-summer cleaning around Gantz Family Vineyards. See one of the many tasks it takes to keep each of our 7,145 plants neat and healthy.
Spring is here, and Mother Nature is gifting us with her bounty: Our artichokes, strawberries and blueberries are all making an appearance. Unfortunately, so are the gophers. Mother Nature does not discriminate.
As well as being the bookkeeper, gardener and co-owner of Gantz Family Vineyards, Celeste Gantz has taken on the job of being the vineyard's gopher hunter. Here -- with help from her trusty sidekick, Jake -- she gives hints on how to identify, trap and dispose of the little buggers.
In the last year, Jake has certainly become a member of the family, with his own quirks and attributes.
A not-so-pleasant reality of country living came home to roost last night. At 10:30 last night. After a long day. Our boy Jake got sprayed by a skunk.
Now that the vineyard has begun its new life with trellis training, the vines have more foliage, and the moisture accumulated during the winter is gone from the soil, it is time to provide the vines with the water they need.
Moles and gophers are the bane of a grape farmer’s existence.