Sharing Hop Space with my Veggies?

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

RedOctober

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2008
Messages
369
Reaction score
2
Location
Rockland County NY
I'm just north of the Jersey border. Williams has my 9 Rhizomes en-route and the landscaper will be dropping 4 yards early next week. Now the question:

Is it ok to share the soil bed with my vegetables, or should this be avoided?

Also, do small animals like to eat hops or hop plants?

Thanks in advance

:mug:
 

JarrodH

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 1, 2009
Messages
258
Reaction score
2
Location
San Diego, CA
They probably should have their own space due to their extensive root systems and the fact that they suck up a lot of nutrients which your vegetables need to grow. Yes some animals will eat hops, like bugs. :)
 

buzzkill

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2009
Messages
979
Reaction score
22
Location
Green Country Oklahoma
I grow mine in my garden. I run lines over the rows and they run across the line over the squash,ect. they all seem to do very well.
 

Figbash

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2008
Messages
216
Reaction score
1
Location
Michigan
Hops are extremely vigorous and will take a lot of nutrients from your garden vegetables. If you grow them in close proximity to each other you'll need to fertilize accordingly.

I'm on my third year and nothing has eaten any yet. My biggest concern this year is a new puppy who thinks every stick is his whether it's attached to the ground or not.

Tom
 

HughBrooks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 5, 2009
Messages
213
Reaction score
0
Location
Richmond, VA
I plan on planting some veggies near my hops as well. I am a first year hop grower. I was also wondering about the animals eating my chutes.... I have a lot of rabbis in my neighborhood and was concerned about them. I just planted my rhizomes today and plan on wrapping a chicken wire fence around each hill to be on the safe side. Can't wait to see these puppies break ground!:mug:
 

dontman

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2008
Messages
2,401
Reaction score
32
Location
Philly, PA
I plan on planting some veggies near my hops as well. I am a first year hop grower. I was also wondering about the animals eating my chutes.... I have a lot of rabbis in my neighborhood and was concerned about them. I just planted my rhizomes today and plan on wrapping a chicken wire fence around each hill to be on the safe side. Can't wait to see these puppies break ground!:mug:

Is it against Talmudic law to grow hops? Maybe you can get one of them to bless your plant and you'll have kosher beer? ;) (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
 

SOB

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 31, 2006
Messages
924
Reaction score
7
Location
Delaware, OH
My biggest concern this year is a new puppy who thinks every stick is his whether it's attached to the ground or not.

Tom
I've heard that they are poisonous to dogs, so be careful with your new pup.
 

desertbronze

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2007
Messages
384
Reaction score
3
I've heard that rabbits will eat them, but my neighbor's rabbits never bothered my hop plants.
 

fred_zepp

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 13, 2008
Messages
103
Reaction score
0
we had cottontails running wild everywhere at my old place and they didn't even touch my hops.
 

Figbash

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2008
Messages
216
Reaction score
1
Location
Michigan
I've heard that they are poisonous to dogs, so be careful with your new pup.
The flowers are poisonous to dogs, but not the plant.

The risk to dogs comes from people discarding their spent hops in the garden or compost pile. I doubt there's a dog alive that would chow down on fresh hops, but they sure will go after cooked ones soaked in wort.

Tom
 

david_42

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2005
Messages
25,582
Reaction score
182
Location
Oak Grove
Once your hop plants are 5-6 feet talk, you can strip the leaves off the lowest 3 feet. This will give the other plants more sun.
 
Top