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Old 04-24-2013, 01:23 AM   #21
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total count of hops is now at 18, 1 nugget, 1 chinook, 11 cascade, 1 mt hood, 1 willamette, 1 magnum, 1 columbus and 1 centennial.

Now I want to expand the centennial and columbus!

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Old 04-24-2013, 12:54 PM   #22
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My centennial grows like crazy.. as does my northern brewer.

I'd recommend covering up your rows with plastic.. instant greenhouse! It'll give you a jump start on our short growing season up here... in fact, I'm going to go "plastic" my hops bed today.. Give them a little extra warmth.

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All rhizomes other than the columbus have broken through and are about 1 inch tall!

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Old 04-25-2013, 09:52 PM   #24
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+1 on expanding Centennial--it's a lot like Cascade in how you can use it but you get more alpha/beta acid bang for your buck.

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #25
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All the hops are up and I decided to till up the grass between the rows this morning. Then I planted with winter rye which will out compete the grass and act as a living mulch/green manure.

So after I did that, I tilled up a large section(about 45x45) of my main garden and planted with barley. I used a 6 row variety called "Lacey" I used this variety because that is what was available without having to drive far. This variety is a malting variety.

Now in a few months I will have rye and malting barley.....hmmmmmmm. Rye ipa? And my chinook and nugget crowns from Great Lakes should produce this year. Might need to take a week of vacation towards the end of summer to malt some barley, pick some hops and do a 100% homegrown ale!

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #26
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updating the thread- about 2 weeks worth of growth. here are my cascades

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:04 PM   #27
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A Halifax Hops Cascade rhizome that was extra so i put it in a pot

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