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Old 04-05-2007, 05:39 AM   #11
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looks very cool. Im jealous of your back yard.

 
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:29 PM   #12
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looks very cool. Im jealous of your back yard.
Thanks man, but that's the front yard. This is the back yard with the Live Oak grove and the path heading down to the horse barn & pasture.



I tell ya, I love the trees, but they are all spitting pollen like crazy. It's covers everthing for a couple of weeks. I can't wait to hose off the deck for the last time.


 
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:18 PM   #13
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I'm about ready to plant today.

I got the poles staked down and lashed. I used 18" of rebar pounded in at an angle. It was tough with this rocky soil here in Hill Country.



I then lashed some 1x2s for bracing above the coupler.



Then I got two loads of organic composted horse manure and bedding the pile in the pasture.



Before putting the compost down SWMBO put down a layer of newspaper and wetted it down. It should reduce any weeds coming up through to the raised bed.


 
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:25 PM   #14
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Here it is with a layer of compost.



Here it is ready to plant. 26 cu. ft. of plant & vegetable soil later.



I ran sisal twine between eye bolts attached to the legs and then tied the hop twine to the sisal twine. I'm good for 6 Hop Bines.

Not bad for an 8'x8' foot of space.



Now to setup my irrigation system, plant the hops, and put up deer fencing. I guess Hops are deer proof, but I don't want to take the chance with young shoots coming up.

 
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:38 PM   #15
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I've got all kinds of critters around here & nothing seems to eat hops, but you never know. The deer might be diverted to the fruit trees.

Hops root deeply, but rocky doesn't seem to bother them at all.
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:26 PM   #16
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We planted some "Deer Proof" shrubs, but they got eaten anyway since they small and young.

To be on the safe side, I put up some fencing around it. The previous, previous owners of my place left loads of this stuff around as they were avid gardeners.



I have my soaker hose in place and I'll be covering it with an inch or so of red cedar mulch, once the plants are up and on a string.



All, in all, it was a fun project and SWMBO enjoyed helping in it. Now it's just waiting for those jumbo Cascades and the Centennials to sprout and grow to the top.



I'll add more pics as the project progresses. Time for a cold Haus Pale Ale.


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Old 04-06-2007, 11:48 PM   #17
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Mine are up and ready to train onto twine but we are suppose to get down into the 20's tonight. Now I have to cover them....
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:37 PM   #18
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Hope it don't get to cold there this weekend. We had 40 degrees this am and tomorrow is going to be colder.
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:51 PM   #19
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Looks absolutely great! I've been following this thread intently!
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:33 PM   #20
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Got up this morning and it was 27 luckily I covered them up


Here is my Cascade from last year


and Centennial


Tomorrow it's suppose to be 25.
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