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Old 10-05-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Cut down the bines today, eight plants. Left one up that has a small second harvest still maturing that I'll probably take to work and let others smell. Just seems wrong to defy mother nature like this, but it was time. Most of the leaves were yellow, brown, or white. I always make sure to talk to them after cutting them down because it can't hurt, right?

Anyone else have a ritual for removing the dead bines?

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Old 10-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #2
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Mine are getting there too. Maybe another week or two, tops.

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Old 10-05-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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Mine get drawn, quartered, and composted. Then I feed the remains to the yard the next season. Friggin cannibals!

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Mine get drawn, quartered, and composted. Then I feed the remains to the yard the next season. Friggin cannibals!
Ditto - I still have a small amount to bring in, maybe a couple of ounces (dry). I cut them down, put them into the compost heap, then take some nicely decomposed material and mulch the stubs.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:20 AM   #5
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I need to cut mine down, they look pretty bad.

I may just give my rhizomes away. I may have saved a total of $2 by growing my own (not including the money spent on fertilizer, etc.). I got about 3 ounces off my 4 second year centennials and nothing off my sterlings or goldings. I just bought a pound of centennials for $10...

I think it's just too hot down south to grow them very well.

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Old 10-06-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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It's kinda like brewing. More a labor of love and a task to produce the freshest possible than a cost savings.

Sorry, to hear of your struggles Bakins. If it's any consolation, neither my sterlings or goldings have done very well.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:25 PM   #7
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I've gotta agree. If you are growing the hops to save money, it may work out once every 2 to 5 years.

You grow them for the experience, to guarantee your freshness/quality, to guarantee you have what you want and when you want it, etc.

Its like my crazy neighbor. He ripped up his backyard to grow barley. After 3 years, he finally got something that was malting quality. It was enough for about 3 gallons of so-so beer. Now, his backyard is back to grass but he has one incredible experience to share. He sure as hell didn't save any money.

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Same with tomatoes... they must cost me a fortune.

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If it aint making you money, it's costing a fortune.

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I should have added, "but they're worth it."

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