This is good info! Mine are all first years, so I will be following your advice. I'm still waiting for mine to dry a little and yellow slightly on vine. We have been in 90's for past month + and they are still growing like crazy, cones are opening on some, but still green and damp. Mine should be ready soon...I can't wait to harvest them! My advice to other newbees is use good strong twine and anchors....each of mine have gone down at least once with wind and/or rain, but nothing lost yet.