First timer growing hops looking for design ideas

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First timer growing hops looking for design ideas

Postby snarf » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:43 pm

This will be my first foray into growing hops, I've done my research and I think I have a pretty good plan, but I'm looking for some of the intangibles, the little tricks of the trade you guys have learned that help you out.

My chosen spot is a SE facing pasture up against a barn wall. My thought was to run a cable the length of the barn wall so I have something to attach the climbing ropes to and then run those down at an angle to a stake in the ground. Since the barn is right there it has the added benefit of allowing me to run drip irrigation to my hops so I don't have to manually water them. So I have good sun, great soil (gonna test the pH this week first though), and a dedicated water source, what else should I be thinking as I put this together? Thanks guys.
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Re: First timer growing hops looking for design ideas

Postby tookalisten » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:50 am

Sounds like you have a great plan.

I only grew hops for a few years; but the main ingredients that worked for me = sun, water, great soil as hops are heavy feeders. Also, I had to constantly clip new shoots that came up to keep from being overwhelmed with new "hop vines" reaching for the sun.
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