So I'm getting exited. I found a guy that has 50+ vines or so that is weeding down his collection and is selling me some good sized crowns, he says they're about 4-5 times as large as the crowns Great Lakes Hops sells.
I'm going to plant them on a southward facing hillside I have strung to eye bolts on trees. My soil isn't very good (clay) so I need to amend the soil at least close to the crown to get them off to a good start.
There is a local guy that I buy trailer loads of compost from that might help. Its horse manure & I think pine bedding composted together. Would this be decent for part of the mix? I was also thinking maybe some "black kow" manure, peat moss, 10/10/10 fertilizer and maybe some potting soil. Also how big of an area should I amend, I was thinking of doing a hole maybe 18" across and 18" deep.
With heavy clay, the bigger the better. The problem is that when you get a lot of rain, it tends to fill up the area you amended and just sits there until it has a chance to dissipate. No real proper solution but you could try to build the area up until you've created somewhat of a raised bed. Again, with clay, there's no easy fix. Any type of composted material will be a plus over the native soil so get as much as you can and have at it!
Well I ended up stealing some soil from my vegi garden, its been heavily amended with the horse manure compost. I mixed that with some peat moss and a bit of fertilizer. I dug the holes about 24" across and 12-16" deep. I will mound it up a bit as well. The hole was big enough to take 6 loads carried up in a 5 gallon bucket. Hope they grow well.
Sounds good. Since clay holds water, i'd tend not to go too heavy on the peat moss or use much perlite/vermiculite. My ratio for sandy soil is 1/3 organic compost, 1/3 perlite/vermic and 1/3 peat moss.
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