Monday, May 19, 2008

Young Oak Vineyards - Vol. 8: Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and more !

March 18, 2008
Hi All:

For those of you who did not get the e-Vite "Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", well thank you for all your help and encouragement! With the help of our many friends & family, we have established a small family vineyard. The initial soil preparation was done in the Fall & early Winter of 2007. Then, 200 Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines were planted on March 1, 2008 by over 50 friends & family members in less than two hours. It was a great day, with a little work, great friends, great food & great drink! Please enjoy our on-going journey as we learn, build and share our experiences!

Best regards to all,
John
Post script:
The vineyard is quiet with only the noise of the March wind as we past the "Ides", waiting for the warmer weather to begin. You know, the "Ides" was just the Roman 15th of any month (mid-month) until Julius Caesar was assassinated on the "Ides of March". And then, Shakespeare went and re-told the story, making it a day of impending doom! ($700 worth of grapevines and nothing is growin' !!)
But wait, we have had some nice rain and some warm days! And yes, the sun has been out a lot! Well, to borrow a line from Dr. Frankenstein:

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Yes, this weekend almost every grapevine has budded with 1, 2, 3, 4, even 5 buds! I have attache a picture of one of the grafted shoots and there, opposite my finger, a third way up from the root stock graft is a big bud. There is also a smaller one on the base of the shoot below my finger.

As you can see in the picture, along my arm we have put in the main drip lines along each row. I am still plumbing away to get the entire watering system connected, so I don't have to water by hand much longer!

So, I will keep you posted as things progress in the Spring. We will finish the watering system in a week or two. Then, the trellis wires are going in. And finally we have to have the discussion about "Grow Tubes"!! Should they be blue or pink!! And it is not a decision for Paris Hilton!

Regards from the vineyard,

John

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