I have successfully, and finally built a small-scale hop yard! I mean small in that I will have 6 hop plants this year, which is an improvement of 200% over the 2 plants that I had last year. Let me recap for you, I have a love of gardening that is nearly psychotic.. and my son started making beer. The two items came together in a bar..talking to a lot more home brewers and the one thing they are all missing is a good supply of local hops. I have STEEP back hill that is next to my house that really isn't useful for much as it is, so I decided to make a hop yard using logs from my down trees. Here is where I am now..
|It started with a couple loads of branches that we cut up and moved to the hill|
|I dug out a trench to give the bottom logs something to support them and stop them from rolling down the hill!|
|Soon realized that gravity was in control so hammered in rebar to support it for now.|
I am hopeful that I can remove once everything settles into place.
|Row #1 with a side row|
|A couple of rows up with the support poles|
|One support pole in the front will act like a tent pole for 2 plants to use|
|Close-up of the wall and how it is working together. I have a feeling this will be a work-in-progress for a long time.|
|Filling the dirt|
|Dirt is in and poles are in.. now just waiting for the plants|