Hey everyone, looking for a little advice from people with experience growing hops, as I've never attempted this before. I was thinking about planting a couple of rhizomes next spring, so I figured now would be a good time to get my research done/formulate my game plan, so I'm not rushing around to learn everything when they go in the ground.
The first question I had was bout trellising, and what everyone's opinions are on less conventional trellising. One of the thoughts I had given the space/area I have to use for planting, was to make a box that the rhizome would be planted in (roughly 2 foot by 2 foot, or some such square dimension) with a 10 foot 4x4 post in each corner, so that each post came out of the ground about 8 feet, and then run twine in a sort of spiral pattern up the posts to try to get the bines to grow that way. The idea being to still have vertical growth, while limiting the actual vertical space needed. Was wondering if anyone has tried anything similar, and if so what kind of results they got with this sort of design, or if this would be a bad idea right from the start and I shouldn't even attempt it.
My second question would be about hop variety. My thoughts were to start with 2 rhizomes, each of a different variety, but was wondering which would be best to try. I live on the north shore of Long Island, so was hoping someone from around the same area might know which varieties of hop would grow best for me given climate/soil. My initial thought was choosing from Cascade, Centennial, or Chinook. Once again, just looking for some opinions on if these would be good to start with, or if I'm wasting my time right from the start.
Appreciate any feedback/advice, as I said, this will be my first venture into hop growing (and really my first experience gardening in general)