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Fresh wet hops being mailed tonight!    :excited:

Destinations: Montana, Illinois, and Texas.   :thumbup:

I love hop season!

Last fall, I enjoyed the homebrew from Smelly.     :cheers:

Never did get anything from Illinois or Texas.   <_<

You boys stop brewing all of a sudden?   :coffee:


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Fresh wet hops being mailed tonight!    :excited:

Destinations: Montana, Illinois, and Texas.   :thumbup:

I love hop season!

Last fall, I enjoyed the homebrew from Smelly.     :cheers:

Never did get anything from Illinois or Texas.   <_<

You boys stop brewing all of a sudden?   :coffee:

I brewed a beer with it, but dry hopped way too long and it tasted like grass. I'm brewing again soon and I'll send you something from that batch.

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Fresh wet hops being mailed tonight!    :excited:

Destinations: Montana, Illinois, and Texas.   :thumbup:

I love hop season!

Last fall, I enjoyed the homebrew from Smelly.     :cheers:

Never did get anything from Illinois or Texas.   <_<

You boys stop brewing all of a sudden?   :coffee:

I brewed a beer with it, but dry hopped way too long and it tasted like grass. I'm brewing again soon and I'll send you something from that batch.

 :thumbup:

Glad to hear my hops didn't ruin homebrewing for you.  ;D


Planted rhizomes at work today. Nice afternoon rain is now falling ... perfect timing to get 'em going.

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Over the weekend I expanded my soil area by 30% so there is more room for growth.  I also restrung the twine on the existing areas where I did it last year.  Still need to add some additional strands of twine and add some more dirt/potting soil.   

I'll see if I can get some pics tonight.
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Tilled up a garden for the wife for mothers day, and while I was at it tilled up a 3x30ish' stretch for a hop bed.  Moved the Columbus and Centennial from the pots, and will be adding a couple Cascade rhizomes soon.


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ugh... I was kinda hoping that my hops had died.  Nope, I got about 20 shoots right now.  I guess I am going to have to take care of them or something.

Yeah, so things have really escalated quickly since April 19th.  3 vines have already reached the top of the lattice, and 3 more will by tomorrow.  I have not even watered them once, and they are goring like magic beanstalks.  I wonder how they would react to some minor maintenance?




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ugh... I was kinda hoping that my hops had died.  Nope, I got about 20 shoots right now.  I guess I am going to have to take care of them or something.

Yeah, so things have really escalated quickly since April 19th.  3 vines have already reached the top of the lattice, and 3 more will by tomorrow.  I have not even watered them once, and they are goring like magic beanstalks.  I wonder how they would react to some minor maintenance?

How many years old are these bines? I'm in the first year and while growth has been had, it isn't anything like this.

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Those are 4th year Mt Hoods... but it is only the 2nd year they have been at my house.

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seriously, WTH?


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seriously, WTH?



 :lol: :lol: :lol:

You can practically stand there and watch hops grow. They are ... aggressive.    ;D

So, what's the plan now?    :P

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I am just going to let mother nature take her course...

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while not really visible in this photo, there are actual hops growing on my hops now.


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I'm sure yours are looking mighty fine about now, Hack.

Mine are going ape.       :mfight:

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Update: hops at work have broken the surface!

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I planted them about five weeks ago, and they're up already.   :thumbup:

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Update: hops at work have broken the surface!

 :pickle:

I planted them about five weeks ago, and they're up already.   :thumbup:

Just over 2 weeks in the ground, and mine have sprouted up too. :thumbup:

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Update: hops at work have broken the surface!

 :pickle:

I planted them about five weeks ago, and they're up already.   :thumbup:
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First signs of life from my Columbus the other day.  Centennial isn't doing anything, above ground anyways.   :sadbanana:


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I planted two zeus rhizomes on May 5th and they're both doing well.  They're at about a foot tall, just reaching the bottom of the trellis now.8)

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First signs of life from my Columbus the other day.  Centennial isn't doing anything, above ground anyways.   :sadbanana:

I planted two zeus rhizomes on May 5th and they're both doing well.  They're at about a foot tall, just reaching the bottom of the trellis now.8)

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First signs of life from my Columbus the other day.  Centennial isn't doing anything, above ground anyways.   :sadbanana:

I planted two zeus rhizomes on May 5th and they're both doing well.  They're at about a foot tall, just reaching the bottom of the trellis now.8)

:hifive:

I forgot those are the same. :hifive:

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First signs of life from my Columbus the other day.  Centennial isn't doing anything, above ground anyways.   :sadbanana:

I planted two zeus rhizomes on May 5th and they're both doing well.  They're at about a foot tall, just reaching the bottom of the trellis now.8)

:hifive:

I forgot those are the same. :hifive:

Anybody growing some Tomahawk?   :unsure:


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Here is some pics of my hop garden. Hoping the weather warms up again to get them growing faster.





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First signs of life from my Columbus the other day.  Centennial isn't doing anything, above ground anyways.   :sadbanana:

I planted two zeus rhizomes on May 5th and they're both doing well.  They're at about a foot tall, just reaching the bottom of the trellis now.8)

:hifive:

I forgot those are the same. :hifive:

Anybody growing some Tomahawk?   :unsure:

Couldn't find any.  I ended up just planting Chinook and Nugget.

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Here is some pics of my hop garden. Hoping the weather warms up again to get them growing faster.






I really like your trellis set up.  I think I might do something similar.


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Here is some pics of my hop garden. Hoping the weather warms up again to get them growing faster.

I really like your trellis set up.  I think I might do something similar.

I was thinking the same thing. How long have you had those posts in the ground? Any signs of them rotting?

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Here is some pics of my hop garden. Hoping the weather warms up again to get them growing faster.

I really like your trellis set up.  I think I might do something similar.

I was thinking the same thing. How long have you had those posts in the ground? Any signs of them rotting?

I put them in last year and I have yet to treat them. . one of those things I will get around too. . .No signs of any rot or weather damage and we went though a very brutal winter around here.

The only thing I am going to change for next year is to use a steel cable instead of the clothsline going between the posts.

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I still have not watered these at all...


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My two shoots are only 2/3 of the way up a four-foot piece of lattice.  Very shady side of the house.
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How do you know when it's time to harvest?




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had to put up some extra twine last night.  might even have to do a few more.

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How do you know when it's time to harvest?

I'm thinking I'm going to go ahead and harvest this weekend. The hops are looking ready (light green, green/yellow) and are papery to the touch. Planning on weighing the harvest and brewing a fresh hop IPA/APA Saturday morning.

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How do you know when it's time to harvest?

I'm thinking I'm going to go ahead and harvest this weekend. The hops are looking ready (light green, green/yellow) and are papery to the touch. Planning on weighing the harvest and brewing a fresh hop IPA/APA Saturday morning.



Harvested last Friday, brewed last Saturday. Only yielded about half a gallon ziploc of Cascade.

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Here, tiny buds are just starting to form.

It'll be a while before they flower and form hop cones.

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How do you know when it's time to harvest?

I'm thinking I'm going to go ahead and harvest this weekend. The hops are looking ready (light green, green/yellow) and are papery to the touch. Planning on weighing the harvest and brewing a fresh hop IPA/APA Saturday morning.

[IMG]http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/3484/photoetm.jpg[/img

Harvested last Friday, brewed last Saturday. Only yielded about half a gallon ziploc of Cascade.

Those are beautiful!


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It's getting to be that time of year again.  What's everybody's plans?

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I am pretty much hoping that mine don't come back this year  :unsure:

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Anyone have some rhizome cuttings they'd like to send me?  My cascade are coming up but I don't think my willamette  survived my late summer negligence.
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Anyone have some rhizome cuttings they'd like to send me?  My cascade are coming up but I don't think my willamette  survived my late summer negligence.

Please disregard, the willamette are coming up and the cascade are going to take over the back yard.
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These stupid things won't die
« Reply #344 on: April 20, 2012, 07:40:57 PM »
You should have seen how wild it looked before I thinned the herd (most of which was intentional :unsure:)




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Die already assholes:


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I'd suggest salting the earth, but I don't know if that would help you at all.
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Re: These stupid things won't die
« Reply #347 on: May 17, 2012, 01:05:22 PM »
You should have seen how wild it looked before I thinned the herd (most of which was intentional :unsure:)

What did you do to thin them?

Digging the roots up is the only way I've heard for getting rid of them. And that's only sometimes effective.

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I just cut back the weaklings

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I just cut back the weaklings

Ah. Cutting those back encourages growth on the other bines (it's often recommended to trim them back to the biggest three when they're about one or two feet tall to increase production).

We know people on a farm with a ton of hops. Last year they dug up as many hop roots as they could, but they still have some growth. I dropped a few in the ground under one of my fences last year. I'll try and post a picture of those.