Well, we are working our way into April, and we have a lot of work to do to prepare the vines for the growing season!
The first MAJOR task is to get the vines pruned and ready for them to bud out and grow this spring. They may look dead from these photos, but they are most definitely alive. In fact, we cut off around 70% of the plant, even if it is alive. Our vines have had very little winter kill, so we’re excited to see how they grow this year.
My mom and I alternate in the vineyard because one of us stays with my children. This is a family business, so we make sure that everyone is involved and no one is left out! 🙂 As much as my mom and I would love to work in the vineyard together, I think in 3 years it has only happened once?? 🙂 But, we are always bouncing ideas off of each other and updating each other on our progress, and so it works just great. And, a lot of the time, the kids are with one of us in the vineyard, playing in the sandbox, or running up and down the rows. Landon and Ella just love it out there, and my hope is that they continue to love it as they get older. Life can’t get much better than that! 🙂
It is still pretty cold out in the vineyard with the spring winds, but as soon as it warms up, the clock is running for us to finish pruning before the first buds break. So, as much as we’d like to be working in warm weather, we still need some time to finish our spring work, so we won’t complain too much!!
We also have to do some spring spraying of the vines and tighten the trellis wires and do some repair on the trellis system. We also have plans to put up an owl house (courtesy of a handy carpenter friend, Bob) and to perhaps even do some planning for a better fire pit and other accommodations in the vineyard. As I headed to college and couldn’t wait to be away from rural life, I would have never guessed that I would be talking about an owl house with a smile on my face. But, you never know where life will lead you, and I couldn’t be happier to be talking about it! 🙂 We also will be consulting with my mom’s sister, Barb, and get her master gardener input for some future landscaping ideas. It’s great to know so many talented people and use their knowledge and expertise!
And, of course, it is our FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION! So, when the vines start growing, we will be able to estimate our crop load and market our first batch of grapes to area wineries. We (mostly my mom) are diligent record-keepers, so that will help us get better every year, as well as keep the wineries updated to our growing conditions and management.
That is an update of Glyn Mawr for now. We will get much prettier and exciting photos as the vines start to grow, and if you haven’t driven out to see us yet, please make it a trip this spring/summer!