Hops 2012 – April

Spring stopped by early in Binghamton, and then took a ten day vacation. Hops were happy, then the hops were cold. A few of the tallest and first shoots were damaged when covered for the last hard frost at the end of March. Some of the newly transplanted cuttings are doing decent. I moved thirty cuttings outside into five pots. I use eighteen gallon blue buckets that were previously readily available at Home Depot for $6 the last few years. This year, not there. I have fourteen pots – three are on their third year, six are on their second, and five new ones; each with twelve cuttings. I will be erecting a pole in my backyard shortly to run lines up to with the ability to lower and raise each bucket individually; each with four lines per bucket. For those keeping score, fourteen buckets, four lines, with three bines per line comes to 168 bines total. Awesome.

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Cuttings are ready to transplant outdoors. The roots have found their way out the bottom of the peat planter.

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