I have not looked forward to starting pruning, as our Vineyard buddy, Mia, recently passed. Joy is the best word to use for her appreciation of the vineyard and we will miss her utter excitement about anything related to being there.
BUT seeds are ordered and, in fact, some have already been started in the window at home. The plans are in place for the garden, a new variety of berry has been ordered for the orchard and the new variety of grapes are ready to be picked up in May.
Other plant additions this year will be the 300 pine trees ordered to populate the unused back half the property and a row of lavender below the last row of grapes. On a short trip last Fall during a stop at a Door County lavender farm, the owners told us that critters and deer don't like the smell of lavender - imagine that! They said they never have deer on their property, which got us to thinking.....maybe lavender would work as well as a fence to keep the deer from thinking our grape shoots are salad! It would make my heart so happy to have less fencing and more lovely smelling plants, so I'm planning to do everything possible to make sure those lavender plants thrive. Stay tuned.