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Old 04-29-2013, 03:01 AM   #1
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We are currently working on an expansion to the hops we planted last year. The previous thread is here. I figured I'd make a new thread since the last thread was more about starting out. Now we are expanding and working on more issues that come about with being larger than 150 bines.

Recently we are working on cutting our poles to 18 feet. We wanted to make something that could be used year after year for expansions and putting the twine on the wire for the hops to grow up.



We basically just built a tree stand that we could attach to the back of our truck.

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:16 AM   #2
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We also planted 140 potted hop plants that we planted in pots last year as rhizomes and let them grow most of the season. We spread out weed blocker and planted them through it to help us manage them easier. We will be putting drip irrigation overtop once the top lines are in (still waiting on PPL to move some power lines). We've done it to the hops we put in last year. Here is a picture from a few weeks ago. The twine attaches right to the high tensile wire that holds the irrigation tubing.



We actually have 10 of the potted mt hoods in the first two pictures left over if anyone is interested. Send me a PM if you are.

We also planted about 250 rhizomes this year putting us around 550 bines total. I know it's not a lot, but it makes additional issues that were easily solved when we only had 150 hops.
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This setup is awesome. if/when we start expanding I might have to steal your idea

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Do it, it works great. Just make sure to bolt the stand to the truck and use a few ratchet straps you don't have to worry about it every falling over. Only cost about $150 to make as well.

The high tensile wire is cheap too and keeps the irrigation out of dirt which will keep bugs and dirt out of the drippers. Keeping the water low on the plant and concentrated helps fight fungus.

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Looking forward to following your progress! Such an awesome venture to pursue.

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We spent the last weekend cleaning up the 2 year old hops. Weeding and mulching with straw.




We also wired up the new hop yard with our "tree stand" setup on the truck.


You can see the 2 year old hop yard on the top left side and the hop yard we just wired in the rest of the picture.

Next is running the irrigation and twine.

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Thanks.

We gotta get down there too. It's really not that far.

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Old hopyard is looking great. Got two plants already at the top of the trellis.




You get a nice view on the second image ;-)

Started a facebook page for our adventure. Check out more photos at http://www.facebook.com/CentralPennHops

We'll be updating this more often as well.

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that's looking neat.. subscribed to watch your progress.. not too far from me :-)

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Well our Nugget and Columbus will be harvested for fresh hops on Sunday August 11th. The Cascade are taking longer to develop and will probably be ready in 3 week or so.

here are some recent pictures of our field-



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