The experiment with 2 "Nugget" hop plants went well and I have ordered 4 more plants of a 2 different kinds. I ordered 3 of Centennial and 1 of Liberty. But these plants as you know take up a lot of space! Last year the 2 that I grew in a container, grew over 20 feet long up to my 2nd story deck. Here is a picture of them hitting the roof of my patio over my deck, which is elevated to my 2nd story..
|They kept climbing after that even!|
1- To be able to plant them I need to build some kind of terraces and I don't have the money to go out and have a landscaper do it. So I am going to use some of the material around the property, mainly fallen trees...
2- Soil is horrible so I will need to amend that.. got some straw bales rotting already to help with that task. I will have to buy some dirt I am sure.. but that usually isn't too much
3- Support for the plants needs to be tall and strong. Poles that are used commercially are 4 inch rounds that are pretty hefty and pricey. I am going to use tree supports and eye hooks with braided wire between them. Then just twine going to the ground train the plants up. That way when the season is over, I can take it all down and clear the area so that no one trips.
To build the terraces, I decided to use something I have a lot of, fallen trees. First they were cut and then I had to bring them up to the house..
|My ATV does this well..|
|Started digging a shallow trench to hold the branches|
|The purpose of the trench is to give you a stable place to start building the wall|
|Start laying the largest pieces in the trench.|
|2 levels up.. I may need to go up more.|