redoing my vineyard rows... long story. originally had grass and hod the actual vine rows but 60 hrs of hard work to hoe was too hard and tedious esp with arthritic hands and wrists etc.... then let it grow but had grass in the path rows. then i did chips shich at the time was absolutely back breaking having to handle the chips 4-5 x to get in the rows. some of the chips were great and some sucked and tore up my expensive nets. so i went with red clover. ok but it still tangled in the nets and tore them up and these nets are high end pro vineyard nets from CA. have about a grand plus into them. so i went with grass and that too was a nightmare - so this year i tilled 2 times already and still a mess. some rows i can get my mower in and some i have to do all by hand which is a bitch. so i recently decided to redo with chips though with the 2 big mounds i have i still do not have enough and it is tough to get too. well too do both vineyards by hand again - well - if i had to i had to. turns out in the top vineyard i can get into most of 4 of the 5 rows with my tractor letting the rollover bar down. just clears the top electric wire for the deer fence. did 1 rows in about 1 1/2 hrs as far as dumping bucket loads of chips still have to pull rake them where i need them but the tractor saved me a week already... may be able to get into 2 of the rows in the side vineyard but have to pull over the chips into the other 7-8 rows which is a nightmare. tighter rows and the layout re: fruit trees etc are curtailing access.
anyway - at least i could expedite a bunch of the work with the tractor and bucket vs. wheelbarrow work.
wish i could get more done but more rain due this week. but at least i mad the start this AM. this mahindra has saved my butt bigtime in so many ways and should have spent the $ on it 10 years earlier at least.... my body would have thanked me
:-)))) having a bottle of wine now and chilling a bit.
p.s. also hilled up all my potatoes by hand and took care of the chickens and dog of course.....
well - i still have not had the time to explore and get my chops around linux and bodhi and also many of the apps i need to use. just been exhausted trying to get all that it takes to get my small homestead and vineyard going. redid my entire garden for about 6 months and still tweaking. espaliered fruit trees are tedious.
already harvesting stuff and strawberries in maybe 3 weeks. have to redo maybe 25 vines. so that is a bitch. less harvest one more year at least. last year's wines just knock me out and am struggling to hold on to some for aging.... WOW!!!!
major dent after 2-3 years in my 2500 plus tons of firewood. woodstove is so sweet ...
sitting in my kitchen and a stove going with a single malt glenfiddich or a bottle of my wine or bought pinot noir just makes the day and life stellar.
planted hundreds of evergreens that surround my property that really makes this place a secret hideaway.
people drive by and do not even know i am here and even my clients or esp my relatives drive right buy and say - where the hell is he????
chickens laying nicely too.
potatoes up = and garlic ready to pick under 1 1/2 month.
275 garlic, 78 potatoes, 375 onions, and figs are popping too.
welcome zen farm/ skeldale farm and gray wizard vineyard/winery.
also maybe 12 different rare japanese maples most are dissectum.
well - wanted to say that this past year i had a bottled of Sean Thackrey's Andromeda pinot noir. Wow - it was the finest pinot i have ever had and also pretty much the finest bottle of wine i have had. it is available exclusively from sean thackrey. He is rated as on of the top 3 winemakers in North America. Pricey but damn it is so nice and most unique of all pinot's ever tasted. And i am a pinot head.
anyway - i received a birthday gift from my adopted sister and old friend last Nov. i laid down and today after a lot of work all A.M. in the garden here. I came in to warm up and have a taste and opened this bottle of 2013 Edict. pinot noir from anderson valley - pricey too but man this is incredible. tasting it as i am typing this i thought i ought to post this off topic thread.
my vineyard buds are just popping ad fruit is popping and just planted 400 onions today and 18 raspberries.
anyway - i do not endorse too many wines but these 2 are so delightful! even sensuous!!!! i hope to be able to afford a couple or few bottles of sean's this year; but things have been very bad the last year!
years ago i researched and found a glitch and a fix via contacting the developer on neooffice/open office and when i wrote it up it was too academic i was told and not cold-hearted as the wiki entries are supposed to be - just the facts mam ---- so i guess my wiki skills would be rather useless.
seriously - wish i could but i do not know very much at all. I am also dealing with a very sick dog recently and also already pruning the vineyard and getting the garden started believe it or not plus another 100 ton of firewood to get cut by summer. ( a dream)
so due to my lack of knowledge i just wouldn't be much help. I guess that is why i came up with the idea(s).
meant to post this a few weeks ago. just way too busy. as of 12/24/16 it has ben 1 year (now plus) using only linux with no mac to fall back on and more specifically Bodhi. It has been a sweet experience; just wish i did not have such a bad crazy year so as to learn more about a couple of apps and to try to figure another 1 or 2 that i needed for various uses.
Intentions were good but time was limited for experimentation and growth.
actually - just had a couple of bottle of this year's small harvest but damn is it nice. the best i have ever grown and made. better than last year and so far that was a decent year. This year. so delectable. i am in the process over the next few months to make some tasting notes of this young wine. may post them when i feel i have done some tasting. a lot of work to grow your own grapes and then make your wine.