Just finished my little hop garden and felt the need to celebrate! Living in Boise Idaho with a fine clay soil, bummer, amended with composted horse manure and crushed shale at about a 2/3 dirt to 1/3 compost and about 6 pounds of shale in each box. The boxes are cut up oak pallets that I got for $7, each pallet made a 2'x2'x2' box, lots of digging yesterday and mixing soil but finally have them in the ground.
Magnum 12-14% 1st box
Northern Brewer 7-11% 2nd
Centennial 9-11% 3rd
Golding 4-7% 4th
Willamette 4-6% 5th
Cascade 4-7% 6th and 7th
They are on a drip system with adjustable emitters so. The plan for next year is to build trays in between each of the boxes to lay a couple bines in for propagation.
I will be running the bines in a z pattern between the metal post for the fence. Hopefully it gives me enough separation, but I think that is a matter of paying attention to them, we will see, first attempt and i never just try to do it small, my first batch of beer was an all grain and have never looked back.
Let me know what you think or any concerns.