Big Hops Climbing the ShedSaturday, 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.
Here is how it looks from inside the shed:
Check out what was on one of the leaves:
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!