Vineyard #2 Begins ! Expansion from #1
Yesterday began the official start date of our new vineyard expansion project! And it just so happens to land on my late grandpa Moose’s birthday, June 21st. He would have been 86 yesterday. Like mom says, she feels him all around her property and now I will too. Mike began digging the holes for the end posts yesterday as well as setting them in concrete. I picked up about 18 bags of 60#’s which got the Southern side started. He had his helper, Robbie, from Indiana, from across the street who is visiting his Grandma Susan and Grandpa Al. Robbie is about 16 and really enjoyed being Mike’s runner and driving the golf cart. When I got home from work yesterday I made a much needed trip to Hydroscape and Grangetto’s in Escondido. I usually deal with Eric from Hydroscape who is the Branch Manager. I get along with him as he is very knowledgeable, good customer service, bright and cheery and has a vineyard planted as well. I purchased all of the drip line, additional emitters (my dad donated several emitters – thanks Dad!), pvc, soil amendments and fertilizer from them. Then I went just a few blocks down and visited Matthew, the manager at Grangetto’s. He’s very helpful also. He sold me 200 additional grow tubes (several were donated by Paul Stykel and Jim Isaac who we are making wine for), tie tape and a tape tool. I made it back to Ramona around 4pm, unloaded items to the greenhouse and helped Mike finish up with his day. I made a comment that this time 2 years ago, we were working in 100 heat and yesterday it was only 78. It makes it a lot easier on everyone that’s for sure! Oh, I ordered the plants yesterday. I went with Sunridge Nursery in Bakersfield, CA, this time as they had the plants we wanted. I ordered 440 Sangiovese and 170 Cabernet Sauvignon benchgraft dormant 1 year olds. They are due to arrive Thursday/Friday, just in time for the weekend planting!
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