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?