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Old 04-14-2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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Ok, Hops are 3'+ and doing Great, but I've noticed that they aren't as Green leafed as last year, when I had ammendments to the soil (1st year).

So I was thinking I'd buy some fertilizer to add, but came accross other threads discussing Coffee grounds, fire ash, compost, etc to add. So as I have just turned my compost pile (grass, leaves only) last w/e. It got me to thinking, I should add my buckets of Coffee grounds and the wood stove ash buckets to the pile and turn.... let sit for a week or 2 then add to my Hop Mounds...

Granted I just chipped a whole bunch of limbs from winter wood harvesting and covered the Row with 4-6" of wood chips to keep down the weeds...

I'd like to know what others do for fertilizer or compost additions.

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I use Miracle-Gro for Tomatoes at 1/4 strength.

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Old 04-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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Compost is good, but it may be too late to add if you are all ready 3'. Plus, the wood chips, as I understand it from horticulturalist friends, will actually steal nitrogen from the soil as they decompose. So you may want to use some version of granulated fertilizer and do so fairly soon. Now is when they really need the nitrogen.

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I use Ozmocote,a slow time-release fertilizer that is good for several months. Apply according to the directions on the package for tomatoes. I grow in containers set in the ground, sort of raised beds, they settle in the winter and I added enough potting soil to bring the soil back up to the top of the container. Compost will help a lot.

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Compost is good, but it may be too late to add if you are all ready 3'. Plus, the wood chips, as I understand it from horticulturalist friends, will actually steal nitrogen from the soil as they decompose. So you may want to use some version of granulated fertilizer and do so fairly soon. Now is when they really need the nitrogen.
Yep, wood chips need to be aged before you should apply them to garden beds. They will suck nitrogen (same as uncomposted leaves) from the soil.

Just go with a fertilizer that is veggie oriented that will be something like 10-15-10 or 18-18-21 (Miracle Grow veggie fert).

You could also augment with blood meal (something like 12-0-0) which has a high N content early in the year.
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My neighbor lost his tree last year. The city came by and turned it into mulch which I dumped on my hops. Inside two weeks they were turning yellow and I was on the net scrambling to figure out what happened. The nitrogen deficit they are talking about. I had to amend to compensate for my amendment. Compost is great, but when it's good and done. I've never heard of the tomatoe thing, but it sounds like a good idea. Curious to see what others say.

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I would buy a bag of basic all-purpose granular fert like 12-12-12 or 10-10-10. You can find it cheap and put a handful or two around each plant every 2 months or so. A couple waterings or rains later the slow release fert will dissolve into the soil.

I would also wait until the compost is good and ready and toss that on too. Maybe skip the next chem fert application and use the compost instead...

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Hops are Nitrogen pigs...... you will always be trying to keep N high.

I use Miracle-grow in the watering system, approx every 2 weeks and use a general 12-12-12 or 10-10-10 at beginning of season. Compost is also added during season to help.

I keep meaning to find a high N fertilizer that I can buy cheaply.

As already said wood chips are NOT a good idea, I made the same mistake first year and am only now recovering 3 years later.

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anybody know how long it takes for blood meal to work? some of mine started turning yellow and i tested the soil and it was depleted of nitrogen, so I added blood meal about a week ago and haven't seen any results yet. any ideas?

I was also thinking of planting my peas next to my hops this year since legumes (peas) help to fix nitrogen into soil. what do you guys think about this idea? I'm not the biggest gardener.

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I keep meaning to find a high N fertilizer that I can buy cheaply. . . . .
Straight nitrogen from CO-OP or some other agricultural service.
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