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Old 02-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #1
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Default Apartment/Container Growing on the back deck...

Thought I'd make a thread fopr all you guys who can't grow in the yard or native soil...and have to plant in containers....i used 55 gal plastic drums cut in half, and a "landscaping pole" to run rope through...here are some pics from first year:


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Old 02-10-2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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Also from year 1:


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Old 02-10-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Ok so here goes year 2, year one I had 2 cascade's in one barrel, 1 columbus and 1 mystery variety given to me for free from an hbt member....I've gotten everything ready for this season, including ordering a centennial and digging up one of the cascade crowns out of cascade barrel and planting it in the ground...(which gives me 1 centennial, 1 columbus, 2 cascade, and one mystery variety)....i'm excited to see this years crop!
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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I have a few self watering, closed system container gardens that I use based upon this set up here for growing tomatoes and herbs... You might find it very interesting... This is where I got the idea



I just put in for 4 rizomes of chinook and centennial, and I will be setting up the trellis and twine essentially how you did it, and doing a self watering set up. Looks great!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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yea i have a self watering container i made out of one of these barrels with a mini herb garden in it, just didnt use it for the hops, dont know why
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #6
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A fellow HBT member generously sent me some more rhizomes so I now have 5 varieties: cascade, columbus, centennial, willamette, and nugget. I also still have the mystery variety, which I most likely will just let it grow for show. I did yank the mystery hops out of the large container and put willamette in its place. I cut up the mystery rhizome and planted in 3 smaller containers and placed them next to a fence and I'll just let them do whatever they want. Bonus: I found some huge cicada larvae in my hop barrel while digging

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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Huge cicada larvae too:

(and my little man) :-p
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Adorable kid, sir

Where did you acquire the 55-gallon white plastic drums? Also, what is the chicken wire supposed to keep out - have you had issues in the past with something trying to nibble the vines? Finally, any reason you switched from natural fiber twine to what looks like yellow nylon?

Sorry for all the questions - I live in a second-story apartment with a back deck, and I am looking to do something very similar this year (never grown hops before), and my brain keeps coming up with questions
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Adorable kid, sir

Where did you acquire the 55-gallon white plastic drums? Also, what is the chicken wire supposed to keep out - have you had issues in the past with something trying to nibble the vines? Finally, any reason you switched from natural fiber twine to what looks like yellow nylon?

Sorry for all the questions - I live in a second-story apartment with a back deck, and I am looking to do something very similar this year (never grown hops before), and my brain keeps coming up with questions
Hah thanks...umm I get the drums from work, but I'm sure you could find something on craigslist. The chicken wire is to keep squirrels from digging, we have TONS of squirrels here and they kept digging last year and breaking new shoots so they could never get going at the start of the season. The rope change was just because I had some nylon rope lying around, the first year i made sure to use a rough fibrous rope so the hops would have something to hold on to, but after year one and seeing that the bines are actually quite "sticky" I'm sure they could grow on this just fine. Good luck and happy growing!
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Ok so this is what I did to give it more height this year, we'll see how it goes...it's a 1 x 2 x 8 with little alternating finishing nails nailed into the sides...yes, it's very ghetto! :-P we'll see what happens


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