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Old 05-12-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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It seems that over every winter I forget just how amazing these plants really are. I find myself going daily to the beergarden to check my hops. Well every day im rewarded with another 1-3 inches of growth and am amazed. I love being able to sit in my beergarden and watch em sipping on a homebrew. What a great hobby this brewing turned into.

 
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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This is my second year growing hops. I had a handful of cones last year. This year I hope for something I can actually brew with.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:46 AM   #3
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this is my 5th year i used my hops for the 1st time last year, what a difference freshness makes. My hops however are as mush for decoration as they are for brewing.

 
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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I must admit that I go out and check on them every day as well. I think of it like a horse race, which ever produces the first will get brewed with the 1st. I think my Cascades will win due to being almost 4 feet in lenght already.

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Old 05-13-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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This is hilarious but I am the same way. I actually try to give myself reasons not to go check on them so that I can be surprised how much they have grown after 2-3 days. SWMBO thinks Im nuts!! LOL

 
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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It's always a good idea to check up on them daily in the spring (especially wet springs) to find any shoots affected by downy mildew. These should be removed as quickly as you notice them to help prevent the disease from spreading. Some years are worse than others. IPM!

 
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #7
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Don't forget to have a beer with them and talk to them! It helps, I swear...

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:24 AM   #8
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i even pour them a little beer from time 2 time(is that technically canibalistic?)

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:51 PM   #9
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i even pour them a little beer from time 2 time(is that technically canibalistic?)
It might be attracting slugs that way. Beer is the best thing to put in a slug trap so if you see slugs hanging with your hops, you know why.

 
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:50 AM   #10
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Lol i never share that much beer, as to attract slugs

 
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