Growing hops

hop shoot

I have three varieties of hops growing in the back yard of Shepody Brewery: Mt Hood, Willamette and Cascade. This is the third year for them. The Cascade, which always does the best, is about 8 inches high and very healthy looking. The other two are about 4-6 inches high and also looking good. Last year, around the end of May, I made the mistake of spraying weed-and-feed too close to my hops. They got seriously wilted and I was afraid I killed them, but they did come back. This year it’s just fertilizer, no herbicides.

I also dug some up last weekend and sent some of each variety to my good buddy Stiffler. It sounds like his soil is more conducive to growing hops than the clay gumbo that we have in the Red River valley. So by next year his hop harvest will probably eclipse mine.

About Mike

I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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