It's been really cold this summer. Except for a handful of days, the morning temperatures have been around 40F. Had snow in mid-June. So, the hops are struggling. A couple of them haven't hit the top of the trellis and even the Cascade is straggly.
Naturally, I decided to help them along by cutting the bines off at the top of the trellis. Either this will put the energy into sidearm production or not make any difference at all. There are cones forming on some of the bines, but not many. Very pathetic for Year 3.
Was reading "Western Gardening" and discovered I wasn't in Zone 5, like most of the Willamette Valley. I'm in Zone 1: "Freezing weather possible on any day of the year." 100 years ago, it was warm enough for my neighbor's grandfather to be a major hop grower.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"
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