The Hop Vines

“I’ve got some hops if you want some”

I’ve always been interested in growing hops, and I finally got my chance this year. My neighbor Dave came by in January with some roots that I was skeptical about.

We put them in a pot and just let them sit there. We waited.

Hooray, it isn’t blackberry root or ivy!

Now we must figure where to put them. They started to grow up the tomatoes reaching out for something to climb on. We had a couple dozen feet of the rope left so…

With a little sawing and screwing we have a fine hop trellis.

Founds some logs… All taken to dump and we are “done” with the timber.

And guess what? We have a new layer in the flock.

Until next time, Happy Gardening!


The Last of the Ivy

English ivy is our biggest export of the property for the past 5 years.

Going to clear it near the property line and the neighbor’s mailbox

Doing truck stuff

Dadsplaining… Also remember that ivy will start to tense up and be harder to pull. Best to let it rest for a few if it is being too stubborn!

Perhaps your body would like a rest too! The picture below is from fall 2019 where we had the big stack!


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