Hedging is one of several canopy management practices we employ during the growing season, and it is just what it sounds like—you go through and prune the vines to eliminate excess vegetative growth from the top and sides in order to make a uniform canopy that looks like a hedge.
When we originally planted the back block on the vineyard (Block 5), Celeste was adamant about the balance between grape rows and open space. But after a few not-so-subtle hints from me, a few carefully-chosen words from our social media manager and the promise of a larger supply of quality Pinot Noir fruit (which appealed to her bookkeeping nature), Celeste relented. We've just finished planting a small addition to our Block 5 vineyard.
Spading is the oldest and most inefficient form of tillage – which includes plowing or disking – because spading was done by hand with a shovel. Now you can buy a machine to mimic the actions of hand digging. Spading is the preferred method of tillage when growing fine winegrapes.
I love to work on the tractor.
Even in the winter, there is little downtime in the vineyard. Between fighting gophers, mowing, hoeing and pulling weeds, we don’t seem to have the slow-paced farming life we’ve heard so much about.
The door to the long barn, a long, low-roofed barn on our property that was once a chicken coop and now is a storage shed, went from rustic to just plain shoddy when a tractor gouged it. We decided to replace it.
Well, first of all, it's absolutely beautiful here.