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Old 03-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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I've been reading on the subject and wanted to give growing my own a try. I'm starting out somewhat small with a vine each of my two most often used hops... Nugget and Fuggles. I ordered the rhizomes so they're on the way, just need to get the plot prepped.

My house is surrounded with tall, fairly thick trees and is well shaded as well as no gutters so, I kept an eye out throughout the day for the spot with the best sun exposure... fortunately, there are two trees about 6' apart right in the middle just off the back of my house...



Spent the morning clearing the ground and all the limbs on the trees up to 17' ...that was as far as I could reach standing on the tippy-top rung of my extension ladder while hugging the tree trunk with one arm while sawing.

I then tilled the soil, removed as many roots of plants that I could then built a box. Filled the box with a mix of new topsoil mixed with some manure compost and sand then covered with mulch. For the bine support, I concocted a support that I could attach ropes to then raise/lower.



Only thing I'm somewhat concerned about are the bines getting tangled together in future seasons or reaching the top and climbing the trees... an issue for another day... this should get me started... just need the rhizomes.

I'll add some pix as things progress...

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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Great set up! Looks very well done. One thing you could think about is making the lines on your trellis adjustable so you could let out line (and lower the vine) as it reaches the top.

Don't be too disappointed if you don't get a great harvest this year, but next year you should be golden!

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Old 03-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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They are adjustable... the 2x2 at the top has ropes attached to each end that are theaded through eyelets in the tree trunks that are meant to be used to lower the top of the trellis as needed.

Yeah... from what I've read, the fist year is all about establishing a healthy root system. I don't have the greenest thumb in the world ... lol ... I'll be ticked to just get something out of the ground and a few feet up the rope..!

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Old 03-22-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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Wooo-Hooo.... my rhizomes were waiting for me when I got home today..! They were much bigger that what I was expecting, about 1" in diameter with several little buds popping out here and there...



We've had some rain recently so the soil is nice and damp so... no time like the present...



Now ... I wait ... hate this part...

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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First sign of life... it's aliiiiiiiiiive..!! lol..!

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:08 AM   #6
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NIce, that was only about a week or so right? I just planted 5 rhizomes and am waiting for mine to sprout.... I think I got them from same supplier as you, tags look exactly the same.

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:23 AM   #7
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Very nice, they will come up fast and with good soil and sun be little giants before you know it.
Good job!

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:27 AM   #8
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Way to go....so jealous...I had 8 rhizomes in my shopping cart but had to cancel because I know they'd just bake and never survive here in Phoenix Az....

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Proud of my little sprout...! We've been little short on sunshine here in MN lately but 'tis early in the year. I ordered them from freshops.com ... paid a few bucks less then if I'da went through the LHBS and got them in the ground a little quicker too..!

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They'll be up before you know it. We've had some unseasonably warm weather in Indiana and those things have gotten pretty bushy in a few weeks. Since your weather is usually behind us a little, here's what you have to look forward to!

Got my cuttings from Tyme garden

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