Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another season is coming

As I sit here on a Saturday afternoon in February while viewing some flakes of snow accumulating on the lawn, my thoughts wander to the vineyard. As we have purchased the ties for pruning and have wonderful pruners by ARS in the barn ready for cutting, there is a hint of anticipation in my gut. The vineyard always presents a thrill of victory and a feeling of the unknown. As most farmers would tell you, each season has its unique character. So we go into another season with a lot of excitement. We plan to plant another acre of vines, plant a large garden of italian veggies that are starting in the basement and most of all creating a hoop house for olive trees. This is going to be a lot of fun and a new adventures. Bring it on!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Well, as you may know, growing vinifera in the Midwest is a risk reward equation. The risk obviously is if the winter weather would get to say, -12 to -15 F degrees below zero, then we would probably have 100% primary bud death. We would have to retrain the vines from the trunks or a bud from under the earth of our hilling. Well, on Jan. 10 we got between 0 and -11 at the vineyard. We will see when the pruning begins exactly what damage we got. Since the vineyard is between Lee's Summit and Warrensburg, well Lee's Summit got zero and Warrensburg got -9 last nite. So maybe we got -5 or so.