The last of the first year hops have been picked and I got a decent harvest. I had five plants grown on a south facing balcony. Here's how they ended up doing:
Nugget in 100L of potting soil: 12oz wet
Willamette in 100L of potting soil: .55oz when dried.
Cascade in 100L of potting soil: 20oz wet
Centennial in 50L of used potting soil: approximately 30 weak little cones that I didn't bother picking
Mt. Hood in 40L of used potting soil: 4 weak little cones
I used the willamettes and 6oz of wet nuggets in the brown ale recipe from How to Brew. I tried a gravity sample tonight (one week in primary) and it is spicy! I wanted to brew something other than an IPA...The malt is awesome but the hopping is a little weird...I can't tell if it will be drinkable yet
I put the wet cascades in the freezer for next weekend when I'll brew an IPA. I might throw in some of the left over nuggets at bittering.
So yay for homegrown hops! If you have even a tiny southfacing outdoor space, get a big rubbermaid container, some fresh soil and go for it. Nobody I talked to thought I was going to grow anything and I got enough for 2 batches my first year.