2 Years In
Katie and I were back in Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend so that I could work on the vineyard and she could watch the Fountain Horse Pull. It was a win-win for both of us. While I have plenty of pictures of vineyard, Katie had some issues with her camera so we have no pictures or video of the horse pull. Maybe next year she will have better luck.
The day after I left Michigan a couple of weeks ago there was a brief period below freezing. We know what happened last year to some of our vines so we were a little concerned of the same thing happening again.
Turns out there was a small amount of damage on some of the vines, mostly the red varieties. It does not appear that any were injured enough that we think they will not survive.
Coming to life
Most exciting for us the beginnings of cluster flowers forming on the vines. As you can see from the picture above of the Blaufrankisch vine there are several small flowers that will become our future grape clusters.
While some of the vines are not yet ready to support clusters we do have several that seem plenty strong so we’ll try to get a small crop from them. It may only end up being a field blend but for us it something we have been anxiously waiting for several years to make.
While it took me longer than anticipated the trellis is now 100% finished. The last few earth anchors were put over the weekend which was last little bit that needed to be done.
I hit a few rocks (and bent a couple of earth anchors trying to muscle them in) but all in all it wasn’t too hard of a process though I wish I had a more mechanical way of drill them into the ground as opposed to the very manual process I used.