Left: We mow with a very lightweight tractor to avoid compaction.
We start mowing as soon as the ground is dry enough, in January
and continue mowing until the ground is too wet, usually in late
November or December. Keeping the cover crop cut close eliminates
hiding places for small rodents that may damage the vine.
Tom and his daughter, Brandyn, water the new plants in the vineyard.
Where the plants are together in their own block, we set up an
automated irrigation system. But each year, we replace a few plants
in the established vineyard, and these plants need to be hand
watered. The micro bin holds water which is taken though the vineyard,
so the plants can be watered by bucket.
Rootstock is grafted with buds from our own vines.
Tom sets up a system of buckets, each with a small hole in the
bottom which is then set to drip water on the new plant. The size
of the hole determines the rate that the water drops penetrate
the soil around the plant.
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