Saturday, 13 August 2011

Hop Crisis

Having been on holiday, I thought it prudent to nip down the allotment to see how things were doing upon my return. Good job I did as one of my hop frames had partially collapsed. Apologies for the quality of the shots, but I only had my phone with me.

Before I left the plants were beginning to climb nicely over the frame...

But then, half the bamboo supports this side gave way...

I've managed to bodge it together for now, but there'll have to be some serious improvements for next year. The second frame was unaffected as I had to move the hop plants for that structure and they didn't take off as well as those that were already in position.

The good news is that the harvest looks promising.


  1. Thats a serious Harvest!

    Looks fantastic mate. What varieties are you growing?

  2. Currently three types. Those big green cones are Bramling Cross. The other frame is Target but they haven't done so well having been dug up and moved - hopefully they will pick up next year. I also have some First Gold. Once I've got the frames properly sorted, I'll think about doing some others.