Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hop Yard - Year 2 - April 2015

Hi

It is Saturday night and I have been working outside all day on the hop yard and the greenhouse/aquaponic system. I am tired, sore and sunburn but very content with the amount of progress I made today. As you know from previous posts I built a log and stick terrace wall to plant more hops. Well today I finally got to plant them! I had ordered some from the supplier I used last year but they have never shipped them.. so I found a local resource and bought hop rhizomes from them. I planted 3 Centennial hops and 1 Chinook.

Here is where we are with the Nugget hops from last year; I left them in the planters and cut them to 3 strong shoots. This is what they looked like in late March when I started them training up the string.

Nugget hop in planter

Training the shoots
Today I planted the 4 new rhizomes in the terrace area, strung up the line for them to grow on and set up the drip system to water them.
All of them in their little packages waiting to be planted.

Hop rhizomes are pretty ugly!

NUGGET  hops in the planters using the tent pole structure for them to grow on.

Nugget hops doing really great and taking off up the string

Terrace with the new rhizomes is planted and you can see the twine that I am using to guide the vines when they start growing.
The first year of growing hops, you cut off all but 1 of the strongest shoots to get the roots to grow more. That was what I did with the nugget vines last year and they didn't put out much in the way of hop flowers. I have them to 3 strong shoots this year but they are still in the planters so this is kind of an experiment to see if that works or not. 

I will keep you posted!

Julie