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Old 04-04-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
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Well, this evening I got the first part of my Texas Hop Garden completed before it got too dark. I'm going to be growing 5 rizohms in this 8'x8' raised bed with an 18' tall tripod. It'll look like a Hop Tee Pee or a Hop Christmas Tree some day.



I'll add more pics as it developes over the week.

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Old 04-04-2007, 01:31 AM   #2
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Can't wait to see the progress.

Hmmm, I would love to see other folks hop gardens too. Someday when my kid is older I want to give it a try.

Definately keep us posted. Thanks for sharing.

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Ed, what hops grow well here in Texas?

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Ed, what hops grow well here in Texas?
Really big ones.

Looks great, Ed!
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I purchased 3 jumbo Cacade rhizomes and 3 Centennial rhizomes. One of the Centennials will be used elsewhere where SWMBO wants it as a decorative vine.

This morning, I continued work on the Texas Hop Garden. I started work on my hop trellis. I got the idea from C.D. Pritchard's web page. He says to use 3/4" EMT, but I bought 1/2" as it seems strong enough, plus it was only $1.97 per 10 ft. section.

I started off by banging the ends of my conduit to flatten them out. I then drilled a 5/16 hole through each one.



I used a 1/4" bolt with washers to connect the poles for the apex of the tripod.



Here we have it, but with only 1 section of EMT. It's not tall enough for hops though.



We need to add another section of EMT to each leg. I used this 1/2" coupler to do the job. I'm going to insert a wooden dowel in each one for added support.



to be continued.

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Here's the Texas Hop Tripod, almost done. I still need to lash some lateral braces, attach the hop twine to the apex and drop it down, stake down the ends so it won't blow over, add my soil and compost and drip hose, then plant my hops.




You can see the Texas Hop Garden in the background. The BrewHaus will be built between the trees on the left and right side and extend forward about 24 feet with the patio.

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Old 04-04-2007, 05:08 PM   #7
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Geez -- that's almost looking like a tree stand for hunting. And I have seen the deer you bait in around your yard.....

Venison does go well with hefe-weizen....

Seriously, nice project. Can't wait to see how the hops grow up all that way! Maybe you should put some Christmas lights on that trellis after Thanksgiving for a homebrewer's Christmas 'tree'!

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Two feet taller and you'd be able to see it from the capitol building, or the top of the TU stadium. For Ed's sake, let's hope a tornado doesn't pick up the hop tree and hurl it like a spear through his bewhaus.

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Yeah, I'd bet I could see a Houston overpass from the top of it.

I've driving rebar in the ground on each leg so it won't blow over. We don't get too many tornadoes here in Austin. I've guested more hurricane refugees from Houston than we've had tornadoes.

My hop garden will stand about 1,200 ft above sea level.

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Interesting, I just planted cascade, centennial, and haulertau.

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