We are growing grape stakes and milk cartons!
Looks that way but not really, soon you will see little green sprouts.
To the Farmers, this means that grapes are going to be planted. The grape stakes and the milk cartons protect and support the young grapes.
No harvesting or suckering is going on in the vineyards, so now is the usual time for preparing for planting. Watering support is in place and the ground is ready for little grape plants. There are many ways to plant, grow, trim, and support grapes.
Next time you are in Suisun Valley, look around at all the different methods of farming.
Last weekend we met our farming neighbors across the way, who come from Sonoma, and are planting Cabernet Sauvignon. Delighted to have them farming in Suisun Valley! This Valley’s soil can help with growing great grapes.
I only hope they are as concerned about organic farming as we are at IL Fiorello. It is a huge commitment, is not easy and can get very expensive! Controlling the weeds and providing nutrients to support the soil and the growth of the trees and grapes is critical to a good crop.
This year’s olive harvest looks to be very heavy. All of the growers that mill with us are reporting very heavy fruit set. Bountiful. Our growers meeting is August 5, so stay tuned for updates on best milling practices.
Here’s to better growing practices from those of us committed to better food and better growing with organic principles.
Grape stakes, directly across the street from us on Mankas Corner Road