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Old 06-28-2012, 01:57 AM   #11
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Lookin' good for year one. Remember there may not be muchabove ground but underground those roots are getting established. Our 1st year were only about 4 feet tall and we got a small paint bucket for our harvest on 400 plants. This year everything is over 10 feet now and looking great. Just sprayed for powdery mildew (a sodium bicarb/soap mixture) it's not bad but hoping to get ahead of it. Also installed some drip tube to irrigate. Will post some pics soon.

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Old 06-28-2012, 01:05 PM   #12
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I'd like to see those pictures. I haven't had any disease/fungus yet this season but the Jap Beetles were getting pretty bad.

The Mt. Hood in the pots are taking off. I'm sure I'll have full hop plants by the end of the year. If I don't sell them (probably won't get many sold this year), I'll put them in a trench and put mulch over them for the winter.

Drip irrigation is a must for hops. I could imagine hand watering all of them almost every day.

I'd like to get enough off them this year to make a freshhop beer. I've never had freshhops so it would be fun.

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Old 08-01-2012, 01:15 AM   #13
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Season is going well for the 1st year. Some plants have grown 14' and some have grown 5' or so. We'll get plenty of hops this year for home brewing. Probably won't have a lot for sale. All in all, this is a fun hobby in comparison to growing grapes which has been more work than fun with the drought we are in.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #14
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Harvested this last weekend. Wasn't very much, but it's our first year. Dried some and made an IPA and then wethopped it with some fresh hops.





Next year we'll have way more than we'll know what to do with. Especially since we started some magnum, mt. hood, galena, centennial and more cascade in pots this year.

If anyone is looking for any of those varieties, let me know.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:34 PM   #15
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Got a load of trees in to use as poles for our expansion.



We spent part of Saturday prepping some of the logs for poles. Check it out at CentralPennHops.com

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:30 PM   #16
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I'm new to the blog and looking to start growing my own hops here on the eastern shore of lake Ontario in northern NY. I'm fascinated with your set up. Seems everything I have seen is trying to be so high tech that it is almost a daunting task. Did you use simple baling twine for runners or is there something better ? I'm going to plant just 10 rhizomes for now. Hope to get bigger. Would love to take a road trip and see your hop yard and pick your brain.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:41 PM   #17
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We did use baling twice for the bines to grow up. If you use the W clips and put it into the ground it will rot off but not usually before the bine grows on it and then you don't have to worry about it rotting off since the bine will keep it attached to the ground. We had 2 out of the 150 come off from the top wire during the first year so I'm not sure how much the extra weight this year will affect the baling twine.

We welcome anyone who wants to come visit. You might be able to find someone closer to you visit though. You're looking at a long drive from Northern NY to Central PA. Just me a PM if you decide you want to make the trip.

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #18
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Where are you guys at in Pa? I'm in Carlisle.

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Old 03-13-2013, 02:48 PM   #19
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I live in Harrisburg but the property is in Halifax. You can google map 596 Harman road and it will get you close but it isn't the property. They haven't figured out where the address yet is guess?

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Old 03-24-2013, 01:03 PM   #20
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I have been up to his farm, Well worth the trip.

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