Friday, April 3, 2015
Here and There Hops
David texted the other night with an update on progress at Hawksbill Hop Yards - most of the materials for the trellis has been ordered, and the field is now staked to mark out where the installation will happen. We'll take a look at everything this weekend to check it out.
On that account, the poles have arrived at the co-op and they're being stored on the trailer, so all that has to be done is to go pick them up. We're waiting for the other supplies to arrive to consolidated trips.
Also, with spring arriving, I am keeping an eye on the three "crowns" I have in my backyard in Alexandria - two Goldings and a Willamette. The photo here is the Willamette - you can see a half dozen or more little red shoots coming up on this plant, which is now getting started on its third year.
Both of the Goldings plants also have shoots, but not nearly so many. They are in a shadier spot in the backyard so they'll just run a little later.
One of the Goldings is also three years old, but was damaged during transplanting last year so it didn't do very well - hopefully it has recovered this year. The other plant was in its first year last year, so this will be the year to see good bine growth and maybe some cones.
Everything needs fertilizer - the soil probably needs a pH treatment as well. I'll get right on that.