Our back yard has a new
eyesore… I mean, feature. I built it myself out of trash I found under my house. And while it isn’t as pretty or as sturdy as the hops trellises in the magazines, it’s good enough for this year. I don’t mind building a proper trellis, but first I’d like to see if the hops even grow.
So far, they seem to be doing well. It’s been 3 weeks since we planted the hops rhizomes, and all 7 varieties are going strong. There are few little nibbles in some of the leaves, despite my hope that the same compounds that make hops such an effective preservative (yep, that’s the original reason they’re in beer) would protect them from the slugs and bugs.