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Old 03-28-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Here are some pics of our community hop-yard going up in urban Detroit.

We picked up 20 various one year old hops plants from Great Lakes Hops in Leeland MI. We're just about done with the trellis now. We totally redesigned the entire garden to accommodate the 16" high "L" shaped trellis which will give us about 80' of cable.

I'll continue to add pics all summer as the hops grow all the way up until we're drinking our harvest in the fall. Hope it's a good year!



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Old 03-28-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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That is awesome! Im gonna give growing a try in Chicago this year. Good luck.

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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Looks great guys!

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #4
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A community hops garden is possibly one of the coolest ideas ive read about yet. Nice work!
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That is awesome! Im gonna give growing a try in Chicago this year. Good luck.
Contact Great Lakes Hops. They ship anywhere in the US and pretty much all year around because they sell rooted crowns not just rhizomes like most hops plant suppliers. Also, their plants are certified clean and free from disease which is so common in rhizomes. I've been a gardener and an amateur horticulturist my whole life but this is my first year growing hops. From what I can tell after months of diligent research about hops cultivation, crowns are definitely the way to go and Great Lakes Hops is the best place to get them hands down. I've seen their facility, it's a 5 acre marvel of modern horticulture. I was there on a Saturday afternoon a couple weeks back. Long after everyone else had gone home for the weekend, I was honored to be given a personal two hour tour by the owner who built every nut and bolt of the place over the last 28 years. I highly recommend GLH for the two simplest yet most important reasons; great product, great customer service. It's obvious they have a passion for hops and their friendly, genuinely helpful and hospitable customer service is something you just don't get to often these days.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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Looks great guys!
Hey Thanks! Couldn't have done it without GLH! Well, it's not done yet...knock on wood...but we should be this weekend. I'll post more pictures soon.

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I hope your hops don't get murdered.

Just kidding. I'm sure Detroit isn't all bad. Great idea.

 
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That's awesome!!!!!
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Envy. I wanted to do this in Milwaukee. It got shot down. Hate to admit to this but my mother took a property we own and "put up a parking lot."

Ug. Good luck.

 
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Envy. I wanted to do this in Milwaukee. It got shot down. Hate to admit to this but my mother took a property we own and "put up a parking lot."

Ug. Good luck.

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