My husband’s big project of the year is to plant the vineyard. The vines are coming at the end of May, so this weekend he is having friends over to help set up the trellises. I hope the weather cooperates. Here is the giant auger he borrowed from another farm friend to dig the post holes. It hooked up to the “PTO” on Timmy the Tractor, which provides the turning power. I think it looks like a giant stinging insect.
He has prepped the vineyard with neat north-south facing rows that have already been tilled twice and fertilized. My husband does everything with great care and planning, as opposed to my own slapdash careless stabs at a new project. I have no doubt that this will be one elegant vineyard. We’ll have two rows of white wine grapes, two rows of red, a row of concord grapes for jam and juice, and room for future planting. The vineyard chores – pruning, spraying, and weeding – will keep him busy for the first two years before we are able to harvest any grapes.