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Old 07-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #51
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Very nice! Of my 8 rhizomes planted, 4 are doing very well, 2 are mediocre, and 2 are slow. I have 2 that have produced bines up to 15' and one up to 12'. I have one at about 9', two at 3 to 4', and two that don't seem to want to climb beyond 2' depite a ton of bines popping through the ground. I just posted a few pics on my thread. Like yourself, I'm getting some burrs forming. One of the cascades is absolutely loaded with burrs, one of the chinooks has a fair amount, andthe other cascade is just starting to form a few. I had an issue with the natural fiber twine that I used for climbing lines rotting at the bottom with the ends being staked slightly below grade. My hallertau was the fastest out of the gaits and was up to 6' very quickly when I came home from a weekend out of town and there had been storms. Several of my ropes had rotted and the high winds snapped the climbing bines on those plants, so I have been struggling to retrain the later developing bines that have emerged to climb. I have since fixed my rope rotting problem and added more slack to my cables to allow sufficient tree sway, so now it's a waiting game. The slow pokes in my garden are my centennial and glacier. I also had some early issues with aphids, but an organic vegetable spray has solved that issue. Keep us posted on the progress, but it looks like you and I both should have little first year harvest!

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #52
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Considering that these are 1st year plants, I'm so impressed with the Nugget... it's topped the 17' trellis and has climbed the tree above another 6'..! The fuggle is about 10' or so but getting really bushy. I used plain 'ole nylon rope and the bines had no problem grabbing on and climbing. The only maintenance I do is add a tablespoon of miracle grow tomato food dissolved in a gallon of water to each plant every weekend and water occasionally if there's been no rain. Other than that, no fuss..!

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:21 AM   #53
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SWMBO took some nice pix with her fancy-schmancy camera...
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:28 PM   #54
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Went to feed the plants and noticed some cones starting to take shape on the Nugget bine..!
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:40 PM   #55
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Nothing on the Fuggles... looks like I'll get some Nuggets though
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:17 AM   #56
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Harvest time..!! The fuggles did not produce any cones this year but the Nugget bine did really well..!

Should be more than enough for a brew or two..!
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #57
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Nice work!!!! Looks like your 1st years did a little better than mine. I ended up with something like .3 oz. of columbus, 1.5 oz. of cascades, and 2.5 oz. of chinooks, so just slighly over 4 oz. total in dried weight.

I'm going to brew up a pale ale with and use 'em all in it. Not enough to do a big IPA like I wanted, but what the hell....a little is better than none at all. Congrats on a respectable harvest!

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:42 PM   #58
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Thanks..! I'm thinking about a SMaSH with Golden Promise... I would call it "Golden Nugget"... haha..!

 
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