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Old 05-12-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Flowers/Veggies Between Hops?

Can anyone recommend any plants, flowers or veggies, that will grow well between hops? I'd love to somehow utilize the spare space...

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Old 05-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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the field thistle seems to be doing really well in between my hops. i didn't plant them either!

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Old 05-12-2009, 12:46 PM   #3
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I've been considering a row of asparagus directly under the ridge cable, as the two rows of rhizomes are about 6 feet apart.

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Old 05-12-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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I'd do something that wasn't too demanding. You don't want to steal nutrients from the hops. How about herbs like basil, oregano, cilantro, etc?

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Old 05-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #5
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Although there is only the central bine above ground, the secondary root system of a hop plant is huge and close to the surface.

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I had good success with Corn rows around my hops last year. I am planning the same this year.

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I was just wondering the same thing yesterday. I'd love to be able to use that space for growing some veggies as well. I thought I read about a companion plant for hops somewhere...

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Old 05-12-2009, 03:08 PM   #8
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I had good success with Corn rows around my hops last year. I am planning the same this year.
Be sure to fertilize well. Corn takes a lot of nutrients from the soil that your hops would like. It's also cumulative over time.
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:09 PM   #9
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I do yellow sqash,zucchini,lettuce under my horizontal lines. and one of my hops is growing in my tomato row.

its all good if you compost as much as I do. plenty of food for them all.

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Here are the pics from my garden from the pic thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/2009...thread-109536/

I have 4 different kinds of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, red and green cabbage, collard greens, zucchini and parsley in my garden. The hops are around the perimeter of the garden.

I haven't had a problem. I compost just about everything I can (spent grains are fantastic for that and I also put them between the rows of veggies) and I check the pH, N, P & K at the beginning of the year.

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