Pretty much joined HBT for this thread and information. Thanks for sticking with it and sharing what you're learning over time. Found this via Chop & Brew and combined with those videos and Paul's thread I feel well-prepared to care for my just-put-in-the-ground hops.
I have a Centennial and a Cascade in one of my mammoth raised garden beds, a Chinook next to said bed, and another Cascade and Chinook in a couple "eh, maybe it'll work" spots around the yard. I'm in SW Minneapolis and I have precious little space that both gets proper sun and can be devoted to hops, so I'm hoping to get to a point where I've got my big three crowns in great shape and can expect maybe a couple pounds per season.
At this point all of them have broken ground, though those in the maybe spots are noticeably behind the three in my prime spots.
I put them in a day before we fell into a week-long funk of cold and rain/snow, so I'm pretty thrilled they've all even started up, but they're definitely newborns and I obsess over them multiple times daily. I have minor rigging set up to support them for now since they're new, but the stuff you all have shared has definitely got me thinking about far more interesting solutions for year two and beyond.
One thing that you all have mentioned but I would love to know more about is harvesting rhizomes and other ideas to help keep the crowns in check - I know overall it's a losing battle and by putting them into the ground at all I've signed up for a yard with hops in it, but I do want to do what I can to ensure I can still grow other things as well. Maybe someone can convince Walton to include that in a future C&B video?
Thanks for the information, folks. Much appreciated.