I'm not worried about getting an early jump on hop-growing season. I'm thinking about how much work it's going to be to dig up 10 established hop crowns and then move them all. These have been in the ground here for 4 years now, so I'm guessing they're about 3 ft down into solid clay. I did till up the bed and till in a ton of horse manure initially, but since then I've only top-dressed with compost. I could be looking at a very difficult job, trying to get all of the hop mass out!This is why I haven't bought a pump yet haha.
Who needs a home gym when you have a hop garden?
I was just thinking about manure compost the other day. I tilled some into the soil when I planted the hops. Then they've been under heavy wood mulch since then. I think every few years when I did into the root system to keep them under control, I'll recompost them at that time.