Excitement fills the air as Hops begin a slow journey toward the sky
I've written before about how much enjoyment I got out of my hop garden last year. I'm not a long term goal oriented kind of guy, so it's a bit counter intuitive for me to believe that I would like growing them. Never the less, there is something I find satisfying about looking after them. In the past few weeks I've learned the process of transplanting crowns, the proper way to dress the crowns (harvest the rhizomes), and I've done a little planning for future success. I was amazed at how much root structure there was on my youngest crown (cascades - planted half way through the summer) I found that I had plenty of buds on each end of the crown, so I split it in two and transplanted them into another bed, along with another cascade rhizome I ordered. All three have taken a liking to their new home and the added hours of direct sunlight they get. I will be building a simple trellis in the coming weeks and will be sure to post some photos. Below is a photo of the buds on my Fuggles crown; the thing was chocked full of 'em. Full of promise. It's been unseasonably dry here in Minnesota this spring and I've been sure to water them every day. Hopefully with time I'll have a great harvest.