I started looking into ordering grapevines for spring 2014 for my #homevineyard. I thought doing this 7 or 8 months in advance would be sufficient. I was wrong. A number of the nurseries I have contacted are already sold out.
I have a client who owns a winery and he recommend several nurseries. I reached out to all of them, and the only one that has vines for spring 2014 is Grey Creek. Grey creek seems reputable and nice, and I honestly can not tell one vine supplier from another, so I will likely go with them. Their website kinda sucks, but that does not mean that their vines are not great.
In batches of 25 vines, the vines are $6 each. This will be a total of $300 for my 50 backyard vines. Not a bad price. I wish I could get vines that were already a year or two old, but that seems unlikely. I saw some nurseries out of NY selling two year old vines, but they will not ship into California. Ohwell, can’t have it all.
In addition to work and travel, my housemates and I have decided to try and turn our backyard into a mini-vineyard. Currently it is just dirt & weeds. By this time next year I hope it will be trellised, planted and have a a year growth of grapes. Woot!
I feel I should document my progress with the grapes, so that is what I plan to do here.
Over the weekend Joe & I plotted out the vineyard. We have approximately 3,000 sq ft to work with. Vines need to run North-South which puts our rows a little slanted in the backyard. If we did our math correctly, we should be able to get 5 rows with 10 vines and a 6th half row with about 5 vines. That is 55 vines!
Currently we are thinking of going Syrah and Cab grapes. I have seen grapes for as little as $4, but those dealers were out of New York and there was a 50 vine minimum. No idea where I will be getting the grapes from.
This is what we believe we have to do and the approximate timing:
- Prep Soil – rent tiller (ASAP)
Order Grapes – delivery and planting of grapes will be in early spring, but we need to get our order in now (ASAP) : DONE 09.25.13
Order Posts & Treat – we are going to 4×4 posts from Home Depot or Lowe’s and need to treat the posts with a weather resistant seal (ASAP) : DONE 09.30.13
Install Posts – we need to rent an auger and get the darn posts in the ground (October) : DONE 11.25.13
Weed Suppression – the backyard has a horrible established weed population. In order to suppress the weeds we are going to put down landscape fabric and mulch (early December) : DONE 06.07.14 – This got delayed because we determined it would be better to plant the grapes first and then add landscape fabric and mulch around the plants.
- Trellis – get wires, attachments, etc. to set up trellising (December)
Plant – grapes should come in March : DONE 03.14.14
See the different rows?