I'd like to start growing my own hops. I understand I need a trellis, which I plan on building once the spring gets here. I don't think I'll need too many hops, but would like something that can supply enough hops for 10+ batches of english brown ales (which I've developed a fondness for).
When, where, and how many rhizomes would I need and when should I plant them (I live in NC). Also, how much space should I set aside in my garden for the hop plants? How high should I build the trellises?
When... ground thaws and the danger of frost has passed. Where...somewhere with a lot of sun and space. How many...depends on your recipe but you'll use something like 4 times as many whole hops as you would pellets. Your first year crops will be less than normal as the root structure building takes most of the energy in the first year.