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Old 03-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #11
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cascade, I live in Wooster too! Living in an apartment now, but once my wife an I find a place, I plan on growing some as well. What varietals do you have again? Since I won't start until next year, seeing how your hops do will help me out!


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Old 03-26-2013, 12:16 PM   #12
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Cool!

I have; Centennial, Cascade, and Northern Brewer. They are not in the ground yet because it refuses to stop being winter, as you well know!


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Old 03-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #13
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because it refuses to stop being winter, as you well know!
The cabin fever has made me a little goofy lately. The alternating sun- snow has got my sinuses in constant protest!

Since we're discussing hops I feel it's relevant to mention that I have begun the switch from drinking mostly stouts/ porters/ browns back to hoppier fare (love me some Rye IPA) I find that the sedative effect (bonus) of extra hops consumption has helped me relax!

I am also in transition kit-wise to being able to go bigger and brew outside... cannot wait.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #14
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Hops are in the ground! Had the day off yesterday so I did some gardening. Here's what I did;

1. Strip the sod.
2. Dig ~18" diameter holes a spade-shovel deep.
3. Fill hole with 2cu-ft of "Garden Soil" from Lowes.
4. Add 6 spades of soil back in and double-dig to combine with bag soil.
5. Compress well with feet.
6. Replace dug soil on top creating a raised bed.

The native soil should help slow down evaporation from the garden soil, and the garden soil should give the rhizome roots a nice easy playground to get established in.

There will be no trellis this year, I will just train them onto tomato cages.







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looks good, can't wait for updates
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All but one of the hills has shoots now, hoping the last one breaks ground soon! I'll post some more photos once they're more than an inch tall
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #17
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Same near Toledo - most of them broke ground this weekend. It's amazing how fast they spread, it's only my 3rd year and I already have doubled my investment, I might need to sell rhizomes next year to keep them under control. (I guess I should have planned for a bigger space).
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Here is a pic of my Galena (2nd season) taken this morning; gonna plant my new rhizomes this weekend.
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Update! Everything is looking great, so I thought I'd post some photos.

First, an overview of the bed. Starting closest to the camera, the hills are 2x Cascade, 2x Centennial, 2x Northern Brewer. The green in the dirt isn't weeds, it's dutch white clover planted as a cover crop.



The Centennial are the happiest, which is great because they're my favorite!



I'm very pleased with the Northern Brewer progress, as I have read they can be hard to start.

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So, here we are in year 2!

The Cascades are the happiest, perhaps no surprise there. I built a trellis using 16' 4x6 posts, sunk 2' in the ground. There is an aircraft cable on pulleys that allows me to lower the whole works to the ground for harvesting, setting coir yarn, etc. I can post build details if people are interested.

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