As a blog designed to document my travels, this is going terribly. I will post about my wonderful trip to Hawaii soon, I promise.
As a blog documenting my attempt to plant a mini vineyard in my back yard, this blog is going swimmingly.
Last weekend Joe & I took a 1 day course on starting your own vineyard hosted by Tom of the Thomas Kruse Winery in Gilroy. It was a great class and we learned so much. My only regret is that I did not know of this class last year when we started this whole endeavor. I would have done several things differently, including possibly choosing a different support structure for my trellising. My wooden posts will still work fine, but Tom recommend a metal structure system that seems a little better. Also, it might make better use of the light in my back yard. I still like my system and I do not regret going with the wooden posts.
The two most useful bits of knowledge I got from the class was 1. how to properly plant a 1-year old grapevine that you get from a nursery and 2. how to train and prune the vines. I have been very worried about the pruning of the vines. Grapes only grow from 1 year old wood, so you have to be very careful about the pruning of the vines in order to ensure that you get good quality and quantity fruit.
After taking this course, Joe & I feel so much more confident about our future vineyard than we did the day before. In fact, we are feeling so good that we went ahead and ordered our vines for delivery. The vines will be arriving Thursday, March 13th. Since the fear of frost is over, ends about Feb 15th in our area, we are going to plant the vines that Saturday and Sunday. We will be renting a post hole digger and calling on the kindness of friends and family to come help us plant. I am so excited I can hardly keep from jumping all around. Yay vines!!