The Beginning

We acquired our Cascade, Centennial, and Goldings in early march of 2014 and proceeded to plant them in 20 planting containers. Each container had three rhizomes planted in them. We kept them in an enclosed back porch area that received plenty of sunshine. We constructed our poles, selected the area to plant them, turned the soil, installed and set four poles with coir yarn for our twine in sections of four. We kept the base mulched and weed free as much as possible. Soon they were trained to grow up the twine and at this time are approximately 6-8 feet tall. Since we lost a few due to excessive heat, we replaced the empty spaces with Magnum plants. These have filled in quite nicely and seemed to have caught up with the others.

sproutingWe were very fortunate to have perfect weather to grow our hops. During the excessively hot days above 85 degrees we kept the plants shaded. We installed an irrigation system with specific drip irrigation sections to water the bases of each plant.

growing

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