The Ring Roller in Action

by Peter Mathis on December 02, 2015

Yesterday I showed you the Ring Roller, made from parts I picked up from an early 20th century roller that was huge. (I only needed a small number of rings to fit my narrow vineyard rows.) Today, see the ring roller in action. It's a big help in ensuring the seeds are tampened down into the earth so they don't blow or wash away before germination.

Introducing the Ring Roller

by Peter Mathis on December 01, 2015

When I last left off, I was finishing broadcast seeding, walking every other row of Mathis Vineyard with winter cover crop seed. To finish it off, I go over those rows with the Ring Roller, a farming implement I built myself from some spare parts I picked up. Check out the details...

 

Broadcast Seeding - Old Style

by Peter Mathis on November 18, 2015

As you may recall, the rows of vines at Mathis Vineyard are spaced...tightly. I've made my own farming equipment for much of it as it's simply not manufactured at such a narrow width. This video clip follows up on the last one, showing how I broadcast the cover crop seeds for planting on every other row.

 

How Much Seed per Vine?

by Peter Mathis on November 15, 2015

In this one-minute clip I show how I calibrate the amount of seed to plant per vine. After all, for every other row, I walk the row to broadcast the seed. So it's essential to get the right amount planted -- not too much and not too little -- just like Goldilocks, it's got to be just right. So here's how I figure it out.

Introducing the Drag - Peter-Built Farming Tool

by Peter Mathis on November 12, 2015

In this episode of the Tractor Chronicles I introduce the Drag. It's yet another Peter-built farm implement I created to smooth the surface of the ground between my vine rows. This aids in consistent seeding and germination for the winter cover crop. Take a look:

 

Seeding the Winter Cover Crop

by Peter Mathis on November 03, 2015

Harvest, as always, was very busy. And it arrived early this year too! But I'm getting ahead of the story.

With major storms anticipated in the upcoming winter months, I had to get the winter cover crop seeded before the rains arrived. As you'll see in these videos, parts of Mathis Vineyard are rather steep, making seeding with the Kubota tractor and the seeder attachment, on loan from Mondavi, a tricky affair.

Here are three videos introducing the seeding process this year: 

 

 

 

On the Wine Road with KSRO's Jeff Davis

by Peter Mathis on July 25, 2015

I've been a little remiss in posting these excerpts from my interview with Jeff Davis...a year ago. But now they have pictures to go with them. Enjoy these short segments.

 

It's My Rosé Release Celebration

by Peter Mathis on May 12, 2015

It's out! My 2014 Rosé de Grenache is now available for purchase (and it's mighty quaffable too)!

 

Spading the Soil at Mathis Vineyard

by Peter Mathis on April 20, 2015

In the last post, I showed you the discing process here at Mathis Vineyard. The winter was so dry though, the discing equipment didn't turn the cover crop deeply into the soil. It's just too hard and too dry. So I brought out the big gun: The spader! Where the discer cuts through the soil like a knife, it's not too deep. The spader, on the other hand, comprises multiple rows of mechanical spading implements to dig through the earth. The first video introduces it and what they look like. The second shows my results. 

Discing in the Winter Cover Crop

by Peter Mathis on April 13, 2015

Last week I showed you my new flail mower, which was sorely needed with the waist-high cover crop of peas, vetch, barley and more. This week, post-mowing, here are four short videos that introduce and demonstrate how the discer works in Mathis Vineyard. Like all my other equipment, the discer is customized for my narrow vine rows. It incorporates the mowed cover crop into the soil for faster uptake of the nutrients. Take a look: