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Old 04-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I'm about to plant my Cascade & Centennial tomorrow and am planning on blending in peat moss and composted manure into my soil. Is there a ratio of ground soil to manure & peat moss I should be concerned with? I don't want to overfertilize I guess and ruin my plants.

Sorry for the n00bish question. Really excited about getting these in the ground tomorrow though...

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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That's going to be a really dense, compact soil especially if you pack it too deep. I suggest you look into lightening things up a bit with sawdust, pine needles, bark or other organic mulches to promote more vigorous root growth. There are tons of threads on suggested soil mixes on this site via a simple search. You also can't really overfertilize with composted organic manure with a nice blend of other composted materials, but I wouldn't lay down straight up fresh manure. And peat moss is a potting mix, not a fertilizer. Good luck with your hops.

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Our local gardening expert told me: 1/4 peat, 1/4 manure, 1/4 formiculite, 1/4 soil. I did more like 1/4 peat, 1/8 formiculite, 1/4 manure, 3/8 soil. You can't over do manure. It's like .5 nitrogen.

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Default Hey there from Indy!

I used some homemade compost, some composted manure, composted organic peat (its the peat moss not in the compressed rectangle but in 40lb bag with soil), tilled them up, and made mounds out of them. Also had some old mulch as well.

Will show you some pics later. Come see them sometime if you want

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Great! I've read a lot about what people have put in but not ratio-wise.

Glad I didn't pack them in too tight with the above 3 mix I was considering. Formiculite is the stuff that keeps it from getting too dense then I assume...

I do have some old grain that has been mixed into soil next to my shed. Wonder if that'd be good to use, should be light as the husks are still visible.

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Will show you some pics later.
I'd like to see this. You seem to have a good soil mixture.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:38 PM   #7
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Hello from Greenfield! Love to see some pics of your setup man, post away! I've been trying to wait for these frost threats to go away but the more I read, the more i'm realizing how tough these plants are.

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Last night I covered them with boxes, and buried a few with mulch. The centennials and the Sterling are the biggest right now, with the Golding not far behind. I got some Hallertau also, but the cuttings were smaller.

Pics show where the SWMBO gave me the go ahead and plant in the back of the garden. I found a 8ft telephone pole for free off craigslist, the other is a 6 by 6 post. I plan on drilling down the middle and adding an 8ft stair railing from menards to get more height, and then stringing up some coir string.

I'd say in a month and a half they are about a foot tall.

You can kinda see 4 mounds, about 3ft or so in diameter and about 2.5 ft tall. I planted two cuttings on each side of the hill opposite each other, and spaced the hills apart by about 5 ft from center.

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Old 04-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Well I ended up planting today. Used about 1/4 of each soil, comp. manure, peat moss, and vermiculite. Topped with mulch but I didn't cover where the rhizomes were fearing the mulch would suppress growth.



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The hills were hills to begin with until I mulched around them. The area doesn't ever have standing water so i'm not too concerned....

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Yea my yard where I planted is a low spot. Your spot looks sunny and as good as any! Are you gonna train yours up the house?

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