Earth – one of the four classical elements from ancient Greek science and philosophy – represents matter and the terrestrial world. It was thought to be the heaviest element and all earth-laden substances would fall quickly straight down toward the center of the cosmos. Earth also represents the planet Earth, the seasons, fertility and abundant crops and many Greek and Roman goddesses represented these features of Earth. On this Earth Day, we are reminded of the purity and wholeness of nature and our responsibility to care for our planet. We take this to heart at 4 Elements Winery and consider sustainability in everything we do. And we hope that gets expressed in the purity of our wine. Happy Earth Day!
I was away for two weeks. And I came home to a mess in the vineyard. I knew the weeds were going to grow but I never expected them to get this out of control. And after getting socked with 8 inches of rain, the ground is saturated and there is standing water everywhere. It is just too wet to do anything in the vineyard. I have to first mow down the weeds before I can get a tiller in there. To top it off storms rolled through the area last night dropping another 4+ inches on the soggy fields. I am afraid of what I will find when I go out to the vineyard this evening. Update coming. In the meantime, here are photos from Monday evening. Underneath all of that the grapes are growing. The weeds will get taken care of eventually. I hope the vines can survive the soggy ground.
Update 26 June 2013
All combined, Lisa and I spent eight hours pulling weeds by hand from around every vine. At least they can get some sunshine now. But my fears about the water from the latest storm were realized. About 25% of the vineyard is sitting in 3-5 inches of standing water. The rest is all saturated muck. At this moment all vines except one are alive and growing. But if their feet stay wet much longer more will die. The weather forecast looks pretty good for the next 10 days. Only one day is there a small chance of rain. Now I could use the SUN and WIND to dry up all the land.