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Big Hops Climbing the Shed

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

The hops are really climbing up the shed! Chinook and Fuggle are growing the best in the middle. Only two year old vines, I’m pleased and can’t wait to brew!

Next year a trellis is going up to keep the hops off the siding. It will look nicer, and be better for the siding on the shed. One thing I did not anticipate is how close the hops are getting to the porch light. Earlier this summer one of the leaves was touching the light bulb when the motion detector switched it on. It didn’t catch of fire thankfully, but it was withered and was dead the next morning. There is enough foliage now I think this hop plant is a real fire risk. So… in the mean time that light is shut off.

hops growing up shed wall

Here is how it looks from inside the shed:
hops through the window

Check out what was on one of the leaves:

hops leaf insect egg infestation

Bastards! These bugs seem to be gone, and I saw lots of lady bugs chomping away. Spider mites are the next big issue to worry about. I’ve been playing around with a hops spray program. I’ve tried various spray strategies, but the notes are not solid enough for a write up yet. We’ll see how the organic, non-toxic stuff does first.

Looking forward to harvesting and doing some home brewing in a few weeks!

home brew shed covered in hops

  1. 5 Responses to “Big Hops Climbing the Shed”

  2. The ladybugs are good, they eat other bugs — the mites and aphids for example.
    Could have used a few hundred on my hops this year…

    By Matthew on Aug 15, 2012

  3. Can I live in your shed?

    By Altbier bitte on Aug 20, 2012

  4. Only if you promise not to drink all my beer?

    Actually, no, the shed is reserved as a ‘dog house’ for me, if it ever comes to that.

    By Larry on Aug 21, 2012

  5. those pests are minor to the devastation that Japanese beetles do they virtually stripped my hops of leaf matter leaving only the veins visible

    By Douglas on Sep 2, 2012

  6. Have you tried soapy water. I used that on several kinds of plants (not hops) with success. I am going to plant my own hops next spring.

    By Brad on Sep 15, 2012

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