|First week of april, all of the bare-root vines in, trellis constructed|
|First week of June|
One reason I can do this sort of thing is that I'm not going to be selling anything from this vinyard for years; modern contracted farming, where I'd be selling to someone, usually forbids the use or presence of animals in the crop area, and if animals are found, sometimes even prescribes a sacrifice area -- so if a deer walks across your lettuce patch you might lose 20 or more feet on either side.
the same is true for orchard crops; cherries, peaches, nectarines; orchard owners aren't allowed to run their dogs through.
But I won't have any grapes for a few more years yet, so a bit of chicken labor to keep the vinyard weeds down is a welcome bit of help. Plus tasty eggs.