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Old 09-10-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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I'm thinking it might be a good time for some season wrap up comments on what you'll do differently next year. Add what you've learned to this thread. Any tips you might have come up with over the course of the season.

For me:

1. More fertilizer!! My plants did okay, but they can do better. They did good early on and I was fertilizing with spent yeast, but then my brewing slacked off a little and I didn't keep up with something else instead. I did fine with watering.

2. Be more vigilent with pest control - especially for japanese beetles and try to catch them earlier. I did better this year but they still pretty well chewed up the tops of my Liberty. I'll also monitor in the late season for Spider mites. I had them come in late just before harvest and I think they plus not enough fertilizer hurt my yield.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Order duplicates of each rhizome so that I have a better chance of one growing. Re-design my hop poles to stand up to the wind better. It looks like the leaning tower of Pisa right now.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:53 PM   #3
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...actually plant some!

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Old 09-10-2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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transfer my hops to better bigger planters they were really root bound this year and it seriously limited my harvest.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #5
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I'll plant more vines and more varieties. This eyar I planted two hallertau to see how I could do. One vine died, but the other took off like a rocket and produced 2.5oz (dried) of cones. Nex tyear I will likely plant at least 3 varieties and two vines each. I am thinking my current Halletau, some Cacades and maybe some Northern Brewer.


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Old 09-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #6
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move my hops out of buckets and in to the ground at my new house
and plant 12 more next spring

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:06 PM   #7
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rip out the flower garden and plant hops... Wife wont mind a bit
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:09 PM   #8
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More fertiliser and split what I have and move half to a sunnier location, even if it means blocking of that garage door!

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:14 PM   #9
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Next year I'm going to move my plants over on the other side of the house where they get sun only part of the day instead of all day long. Its way to hot in Alabama summers for growing hops in full sunlight.

Also, I'm going to see if I can build up some flowerbeds or planters or something to put them in to make weeding them easier. It will be easier to water them in the new place I have picked out as well.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:28 PM   #10
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- Re-plant Chinook

- Use compost exclusively

- Pay more attention to mite damage

- Start harvest earlier in the year.

- Use this years harvest exclusively (unless I run out)

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