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Old 04-08-2013, 11:58 PM   #11
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Yes, hops can even grow through old pieces of carpet. Like any plant that dies back and regrows from the ground, hops are heavy nitrogen feeders. Watering is also critical and not just at the base of the bines. Hops grow a wide mesh of shallow roots in addition to the central crown.

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:27 AM   #12
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Ah, thats good to know.

So what methods does one use to infuse the soil with sufficient Nitrogen?

Sorry this is probably a dumb question, I'm a "green" green-thumb haha.

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #13
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I'm sure you can find a good fertilizer mix to apply in a water solution, but if you want to go more natural, I believe one of the most tried-and-true methods is to plant a cover-crop in your bed for the off-season. I know crimson clover is supposed to absorb and hold nitrogen, but I am not really an expert with this. Other benefits to the cover crop are that it will keep weeds from intruding into the garden as much, and they will probably look nice too if you care about that sort of thing. I found some info about crimson clover on google here:

http://www.covercrops.msu.edu/species/crimson.html

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:49 AM   #14
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Finished putting up the trellis an running the lines today. We've gotten record rain here in Chicago so far this April. With warm weather on the radar, I think these 3rd years are really going to start taking off.
Each plant has dozens of bines just starting to poke through the surface. Really looking forward to this years harvest while crossing my fingers that the weather will be better than last year.

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Yes, they'll easily push through an inch of mulch...

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Yep found that out today. Looking good. So relieved we're finally going to have a warm, sunny weekend

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