Hop Yard Construction – July Update 01

It may have been hot as hell out here in the open fields of Smith Rock Hop Farm, 98 degrees in fact, but we know we have to get a jump on the planning and prepping of year two.

We spent two days walking the field, measuring the new rows, planting stakes in the ground, and discussing how to approach the field expansion in a slightly different way than the first year. We have learned quite a bit as expected. From cross wires to spread out vertical bine growth, to shortening the planting space by two feet between rhizomes, to changing the size of some aircraft cable in order to save a little coin.

The next step is to start tearing up the rows to see what kind of hellish rock field lies below. At least we made the intelligent decision to not tear up the entire field and only focus on two-foot wide rows.

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2 Responses to Hop Yard Construction – July Update 01

  1. Steve October 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Oh I also had to comment on this tid bit of advice. I was also only planning to focus on a narrow two foot section myself. I have quickly learned that ripping and entire area is painstakingly difficult and not exactly necessary. I can disc between rows and throw down a cover crop, allowing the nutrients to filter into the soil. But, trying to do this to an entire hops area is about as easy as stabbing myself in the eye with a dull spoon.

    • Miles Wilhelm February 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

      Steve, how has your cover crop been going? We have been thinking about doing this as well.

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