Originally Posted by lotbfan
I was sure I had seen someone growing hops up lines to their rafters, but I am not finding it now that I need the link. I remember the system used eye bolts or pulleys, and the lines could be lowered.
Can anyone who has done this or seen it done comment on if it was a success or not after a couple of years?
Is it as simple as screwing eye bolts into the ends of the rafters? I am concerned about damage to the wood long term from water intrusion.
Thanks for any thoughts anyone might have.
Not sure if it's my setup you are referring to. (post #303 of the "2012 Hop Garden"
Originally Posted by mthompson
Here's mine. Four beds ~6 ft. wide, two plants per bed; wild, wild, Cascade, and Centennial. Wild ones were in large pots last year [2011-12], Cascade and Centennial are new this year.
Twine runs from plants to top of garage (15 ft high, plus 6 ft diagonal), through eye bolts at the top and finally tied to center eye bolt near the ground.
I made beds by stacking rocks on a slope and ran twine up to the top of the shed. I used regular eye bolts at the top with about 1.5" eyes and may even 3/8 threads. They are under the eave, so water intrusion should not occur. I run the twine up to an eye bolt for each plant, then down to a centered eye bolt, where I tie both twines off (two plants per bed).
As far as longevity, I cannot comment for sure, but I do not foresee any issues. I plan to attach the new twine this year to last year's "tied off" end with some tape, pull the old twine/plant growth down, which will run the new twine up and through the eyes at the top. I hope to use last year's unused section of twine (eye to eye portion) as this year's growth climbing portion. Just knot the new to the old after it goes through the eyes.
I also hope to use a similar method for harvest this year. Last year's drought, my busy schedule, a new new baby and crappy water pressure really took a toll on cone production. The Cascade and Centennial were new, so that was expected. The wild hops only produced tiny, think raisin-sized, cones that I did not bother with.
I am going to mulch/weed much better this year and build a low pressure irrigation system.
I CANNOT WAIT for spring to get here... Only 1.5-2 months.