Let’s Get Growing

After a long COVID winter lull, the temps are warming, the guests have returned to the B&B, and flowers are in the field.

Wine Grapes & Lavender

Grape Vines Arrived!

After two years of soil preparation, and lots of help from the Dixon brothers, the grapevines are tucked into the vineyard and starting to sprout their first leaves.

Raymond, Jeff, Jimmy spent hours drilling the holes, then planting the vines.
Jimmy and Jeff compare ponytails, and grapevine roots

The first field of wine grapes totals about 500 grapevines, with two varieties. The red is Arandell, and the white is Chardonel. In about four years we should be seeing our first wine grapes!

Lovely Lavender

First row of Phenomenal Lavender is in!

After nurturing 400 or so baby lavender plants in the greenhouse since January, they were big enough to plant in our test garden in the fields. Thankfully lavender prefers sandy soil, and sunshine, and we have plenty of that. Jeff’s 20 year old John Deere tractor blew a seal and has been held hostage at the local tractor mechanic for several weeks now… Thankfully Raymond prepped tilled and hilled the field to prepare for planting. We planted varieties that are supposed to withstand Maryland’s wild weather, we will see which ones do the best, then do a mass planting next spring. Although the plants are still small, there is a sweet heavenly scent when standing among the rows of tiny purple buds. So far we have planted: Phenomenal, Richard Grey, Gross Bleu, Grosso, and a variety of Provence.

Our Friends are Here!

Our amazing friends Kim and Kevin flew from Colorado to help us get ready for spring! They worked really hard, we had a blast, and they flew back home with sore muscles and itchy bug bites. THE BEST FRIENDS EVER.

Dumping dirt into the raised beds for the big greenhouse
After a day of working, it’s time for G&Ts!

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