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Old 05-06-2009, 09:07 PM   #21
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Got another 0.7 inches in three hours.

Now the sun is shining and the greys want a walk. I know it will start raining when we get to the mailbox. That's about a kilometer from the house.

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Old 05-06-2009, 09:14 PM   #22
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Got another 0.7 inches in three hours.

Now the sun is shining and the greys want a walk. I know it will start raining when we get to the mailbox. That's about a kilometer from the house.
Dang man. Props to ya'. I'd be grey if I had to walk a kilometer to the mailbox. Sounds like ATV time to me. Put it in neutral and let them dogs pull ya.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:44 PM   #23
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+1 for StillBrew. What y'all are describing is Portland, Oregon in the Spring. Tonight, however, I'm gonna brew anyway on the back porch!

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+1 for StillBrew. What y'all are describing is Portland, Oregon in the Spring. Tonight, however, I'm gonna brew anyway on the back porch!
the sun just poked out...I bet you have a clear brew night
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:24 AM   #25
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Rain????? Oh yeah! I remember now. Like I tell the young folks out here in L.A. County, at 77 years of age, I have actually SEEN rain. Just kidding folks, cause I do feel for you. But, I have been "there" and done that too. In April 1953 I had to roll up my sleeves and help repair the damage after a tornado struck the Motor Pool at Baker Battery, 59th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Sill Ok. ( ah yes, the memories ).

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We are on day number 8 of rain. I've been in MD for 4 years now and havent seen anything like this. I've been on the East Coast for 20+ years and cant remember the last time this happened. Its just one storm after another and cloudy in between. They are calling for sun on Sunday. My hops started strong but have stalled big time. Once that sun finally comes out Im thinking they will go crazy!! Hope so. Cheers

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The weather guesses are saying three days of sunshine. That should be enough to get all of the hops on the twine, except the Columbus. I replaced the Sunbeam with two Columbus rhizomes, but no sprouts so far.

This is my Fuggle, year 4. Note the stunted growth in the middle. That's last year's bines.



Time to do more weeding, if the rain has stopped for a bit.

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3 days of sunshine?!?!?! It must be nice. Here in PA from what I've seen we won't have sun until SUNday and that after that it will be rain rain rain. My 3rd year fuggles is already 5-7 ft tall and my 2nd year hops are about 2-3ft. I need to get out there to weed and put up my new trellis system. It would be nice to have some dry days.

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The clouds did finally break yesterday and the temps shot up into the 80's. I forgot to start the A/C before I went to work and it didn't get started until 6:00pm. By midnight the compressor finally cycled off and the house had dehumidified enough to be comfortable.

As I was leaving for work this morning it was comical to see how many people made a mad dash to cut their lawns between monsoons. some even got really creative with their mower wheel rut patterns.

I'll be doing mine this afternoon when I get home. The rains are forcasted to pick back up on Friday.

Hopefully, the humidity and sun will provide some reprieve for the hop yard and motivate some rapid growth. They definitely need it. I am even considering perforating the boxes some with a pitch fork to ensure that some O2 gets back into the soil before the next round of showers.

"Rain, Rain, Go away. Come again another day."
"Rain, Rain, Go away. Cascade and Zues they want to play"

Of course, I say that now. I bet by mid-summer I'll be whining that I haven't seen a cloud in months.

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I bet by mid-summer I'll be whining that I haven't seen a cloud in months.
I'm hoping we don't repeat 2005. 89 days without rain and never less than 90F. On the other hand, I have a drip system in place now and all but the Columbus are at least 3 years old. Might get a good crop.
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