These are the best pictures of aphids on cones that I've seen on the site! Make sure to keep these pics because of the volume of questions about the little buggers every year. I had a few on my Zues this year but three ladybugs transferred from a tree to the plant and they were not there the next day. I really haven't considered them a problem in my garden but these pics could help a lot of newer growers. to you!wondered why so many ladybugs when i was harvesting last night - this morning -aphids!!
For future years you can try polyculture cropping with peas, beans, and other crops under the hops that will attract and keep lady bugs. You can also buy praying mantis pods that will hatch a ton of them and they eat bugs of all kinds! We have had bad Japanese Beetle invasions here and they eat the leaves but leave the cones alone, thankfully.yep - vacu sealing and freezing seems to have killed off any straglers that didn't leave
i don't mind a little protein with my beer
That pot would be a good choice. No matter what you use, your hops will look much better this year than last. Remember to add some extra love to 'em and they will pay you back exponentially!Will my second year hops (no first year harvest) do well in a 7 gallon pot?
Very nice! That's a lot of work ahead of you...slbradley01 said:Our 2013 hopyard, in full bloom. I harvested, dried and vac packed 5 lbs. Probably left 20 or so still hanging. no time!!. I should have invited thirsty brewers to pick their own. Anybody near Middleborough MA?