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Old 10-14-2013, 04:45 PM   #51
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Thank YOU!!! Awesome 1st year results.

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Old 10-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #52
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Columbus !PA -

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Old 10-15-2013, 12:54 AM   #53
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Awesome man. Columbus was the best producer of my plants. About 15 lbs dried from 24 plants

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Old 11-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #54
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Rest well hops!





Thanks again to the folks at Great Lakes Hops!

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Old 11-06-2013, 02:34 PM   #55
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Got them all tucked in right in time!

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Old 11-08-2013, 06:44 PM   #56
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Just a quick picture to let you all know how much these roots will grow in 1 year. I bought crowns from them back in April and they has a root that was maybe 4 inches long. I just dug up the root ball to do some pruning (I rent and can't let the hop roots go far) and this is what I dug up.

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Old 11-20-2013, 12:08 AM   #57
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What kind of soil mixture did you use for your beds, and how did you winterize them? I live in a small camp area, and have limited space and kind of envisioned a similar raised bed setup as yours. Picking your brain a little lol

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I used soil I got from the city. There is a spot in the suburb I live in where you can pick up free woodchips or dirt. I used this dirt to fill my raised beds about 2/3 of the way. I then topped it off with store bought bags of organic compost with manure. I bought about 50 bags of this stuff. I think it was like a 1.60 or so per 40 lb bag. Seemed to work great, as I had wonderful first year results!

After my harvest, I waited until everything was dying off, and it was starting to get pretty cold overnight. I then covered the crowns with a couple inches of soil, then took a bail of straw and spread it out over the whole raised bed. I think I'm doing pretty good, but have never done this before. I would definitley recommend going with Great Lakes Hops and using a full crown to start VS starting with a rhyzome, especially if you live in a colder climate.

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I used soil I got from the city. There is a spot in the suburb I live in where you can pick up free woodchips or dirt. I used this dirt to fill my raised beds about 2/3 of the way. I then topped it off with store bought bags of organic compost with manure. I bought about 50 bags of this stuff. I think it was like a 1.60 or so per 40 lb bag. Seemed to work great, as I had wonderful first year results! After my harvest, I waited until everything was dying off, and it was starting to get pretty cold overnight. I then covered the crowns with a couple inches of soil, then took a bail of straw and spread it out over the whole raised bed. I think I'm doing pretty good, but have never done this before. I would definitley recommend going with Great Lakes Hops and using a full crown to start VS starting with a rhyzome, especially if you live in a colder climate. Cheers!
Thanks man. Do you remember the brand of organic compost you used? I can't find anything around here that cheap. I've been looking at Great Lake Hops and that's where I plan on ordering them. I was talking to my dad the other day and he want's some for his property also. This is going to be a blast of a project next year!
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Yeah great project for sure! I dont recall the brand of the "Organic Compost with Manure" but I do know they pull it off the shelves in the fall. Look for this stuff in the spring. The raised beds are great because you can grow all kinds of stuff on the ground level. I grew Habeneros, Jalepenos, Cayenne's, as well as Rosemary, Basil, Cilantro, and Cherry Tomatoes. We were able to make several batches of homegrown salsa, which was freaking awesome, but I would recommend keeping the tomatoes out of the bed completely.

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