The picture above is the view which greets us every morning as we pull up to Tyler and Jessica's vineyard to help them prune. The rows are 1/4 mile long, which unlike ours, have no center turn road dividing the distance.
But, as you finish a row and look back at it - what a feeling of accomplishment!
Then - - - you start the next one!
You may think that it is a daunting task to prune their 25 acre vineyard after just completing our 20 acres - and, you would be right!
But, with only 2 1/2 acres left, we should finish today - YAHOO!!!!
How, you might ask, were you able to finish pruning 25 acres in 2 weeks? After all, it took us about 3 weeks to prune our 20 acres. There are several reasons:
1. Their vineyard is younger, therefore, the vines are easier to cut and there is less growth to pull out of the wires.
2. The weather has been much warmer - 70F to high 80F as opposed to 34F - 70F.
3. We have 2 extra volunteers who have been great helpers:
Needless to say, everyone is excited about the prospect of having the pruning completed for another year. Next comes planting the new vines, tightening wires, working in the garden ...