Written by Mike (mostly)
Over the course of the last couple months we put our trellis poles in the ground, strung up the support cables, laid out drip line and weed barrier and planted the hops in the ground. Thanks to everyone who helped us get to this point, from helping to acquire the poles, setting the poles, stringing the cables, and planting. In total we have just under a half acre (480 plants) of hops. We planted 4 varieties: Cascade, Horizon, Glacier, and Newport.
For those who are curious, we used telephone poles to hold our trellis system. The poles ranged from 10 to 18” at the bottom and 5-14“ at the top. The cables, which will be used to attach twine for each plant, are roughly 14 feet off the ground. We have 25 poles in the ground and about 2/3 mile of cable in our half acre.
The frost (25 degrees) a couple weeks ago hit the hops pretty hard but most of them have come back strong. We will end up losing a few though. The two year old hops quickly recovered from the frost damage. We strung up the two year old hops last week and they took to the coir twine really well.
We also recently got approved for an APUC grant to put toward the purchase of a harvester and pelleting equipment. The pelleting facility is an ongoing project, as is our tourism component. We have had a few visitors stop by already, and plan to open it up for anyone to come visit later this summer.
Meanwhile, the hops are growing.