Friday, 9 March 2012

Episode IV - A New Hop

Difficult to believe these tiny shoots of new growth will soon be clambering up  my hop frames to provide me with around a kilo of fresh hops. These are the variety 'Target'. No sign of the Bramling Cross just yet, although I did deposit a shedload of chicken muck on those over the winter, raising the soil level, so they have that bit more to get through, before they appear.

I strengthened the hop frames over the winter, replacing the horizontal beam with proper timber instead of the bamboo canes which couldn't withstand the weight last year.

It was a pain to untangle the vines from the canes too, so the runners to the top will be string this year, as the hops are much easier to harvest if you can simply cut the vines down.

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