Yeah you heard right, I said experiment.
It gets brutally hot in July (100-110) so I am just playing around with this.
Site: loamy sand, very drainable, full sun all the time, lots of critters (spiders, mini scorpions, bugs that eat leaves), barren neglected landscape next to native plant chaparral (so next to no humidity around the hop plants). I just moved here recently and still have to build the backyard landscape, so I thought this would be fun. The hill is perfect for this.
Amendments: 33 bags kellogg amendment ($4/ 2 cuft @HD and lowes last weekend), 2 cuft vermiculite, 2 cuft perlite. I figure I will add a little vermiculite and perlite and about 1/3 to 1/2 kellog to the native soil within about 2 ft radius of the plants/.
Irrigation: hand watering until I get off my ass and build a micro spray system. Pots were flooded every day so far
Fertility: Gro power 5-3-1 for vegetative and flower n bloom for flowering. Pots got a little bit of 5-3-1 after plant emerged.
Propagation: 4 varieties of rhizomes and 4 young containerized plants (cascade, chinook, fuggle, tettnanger, nugget, centennial) in vermiculite and kellogg soil amendment. Shoots emerging from every plant.
Pest control: Some stuff I got from Osh that connects to the hose for insects starting when I see damage that hinders growth. If I don't use it, they will jack things up. No fungal worries. Gas for gophers if they burrow nearby (they are sob's around here). Cats may urinate and defecate. I will just let them be because my motion light usually scares them away. I hope that the rabbits are too scared of the dogs next door. Rabbits are really bad in my neighborhood.
4/20/12: Hot as hell today, 96F high.
more to come...