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khillje:
Thanks!  Yeah, now that it's my own place, I plan to set up a much better (and consistently watered) system.  I'm thinking of a large wooden T cemented into the ground with hooks at the top to tie the twine off that's staked to the ground.  This should hopefully make for an easy harvest.  Now to think of a way to do it that's aesthetically pleasing so I won't catch any flack from the misses! I'd read on a previous post about how to properly use grain in a compost.  I'll probably peruse that too since I plan on planting a garden full of fermentables.  :D

khillje:
So I've been thinking about this a bit further and I've made some crude preliminary sketches.  I think it should be functional and pretty darn cool looking:

1: http://imgur.com/1OE92u0
2: http://imgur.com/q4FPZAZ
3: http://imgur.com/3OuRkiO

Also, I think I'm going to get this little guy to get it going! --> http://arrowheadhops.com/?page_id=213

pinnah:

--- Quote from: khillje on February 08, 2013, 10:49:41 AM ---So I've been thinking about this a bit further and I've made some crude preliminary sketches.  I think it should be functional and pretty darn cool looking:

1: http://imgur.com/1OE92u0
2: http://imgur.com/q4FPZAZ
3: http://imgur.com/3OuRkiO

Also, I think I'm going to get this little guy to get it going! --> http://arrowheadhops.com/?page_id=213

--- End quote ---

Hey, nice sketches and pretty structure.

Couple things I might suggest thinking about:

Never plant different varieties close together.  Hops spread via underground rhizomes like mad, especially if you have thin soil.  Plants will soon intermingle, and you will not be able to discern varieties.  I recommend at least 6-8 feet between, and even then, you have to root prune every couple years.

Same goes for the vegetative mass at the top of your proposed arbor...bines will likely mingle causing you potential grief at harvest. 

Have fun planning!

gsandel:
I am no farmer, but live in Denver, and have overly successful hop harvests.

I don't water much at all except when they were in the first year, but it probably gets a little love from my sprinkler system (overspray).  My spot is on my back fence, and I can harvest from both the yard and the alley side.  I think for mine, the secret to the success is that they get full sun all day (morning on one side of fence, afternoon on other), but the root structure is in the shade most of the day, so it doesn't lose the moisture.

I like them growing, but I don't use enough of them (only two plants, cascade).  Even using copious amounts in a fresh hop IPA and an APA....I still have pounds left.

khillje:

--- Quote from: pinnah on February 08, 2013, 11:06:09 AM ---
--- Quote from: khillje on February 08, 2013, 10:49:41 AM ---So I've been thinking about this a bit further and I've made some crude preliminary sketches.  I think it should be functional and pretty darn cool looking:

1: http://imgur.com/1OE92u0
2: http://imgur.com/q4FPZAZ
3: http://imgur.com/3OuRkiO

Also, I think I'm going to get this little guy to get it going! --> http://arrowheadhops.com/?page_id=213

--- End quote ---

Hey, nice sketches and pretty structure.

Couple things I might suggest thinking about:

Never plant different varieties close together.  Hops spread via underground rhizomes like mad, especially if you have thin soil.  Plants will soon intermingle, and you will not be able to discern varieties.  I recommend at least 6-8 feet between, and even then, you have to root prune every couple years.

Same goes for the vegetative mass at the top of your proposed arbor...bines will likely mingle causing you potential grief at harvest. 

Have fun planning!

--- End quote ---

I didn't even think of that!  Thanks!  I think I'll just do two varieties (probably Centennial and Cascade) for this structure then.  3 of one variety on the left and 3 of one on the right.  I am kind of hoping that they'll intertwine and make a "wall" of sorts.  It'll look cool, but you're right,  it will likely be a pain come harvest time!

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