Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 season starts

Second work day in the rain .....  Only the hard and fast guys made it.... Don , Alan, Walt, and our newest member Kaira.
Fresh growth plus weeds
Remember the hops keep growing even if we dont make it out and this is critical time to keep weeds etc at bay.

In the morning before the rain I mowed and spread fertilizer , and at 2 pm the rest of the team came out.

We also hosted Mike and Tyler from Faucette farms who are starting up a small organic hops farm in Brown Summit.

Work we did today was cutting the furrow around the hops circles, plus  rhizome digging and weeding inside the circles, good ol Hoe work. Some of the guys worked on improving our vintage wheelbarrow too.

Fixing our antique wheelbarrow
We never got to fix the pole on back row , ( leaning ) and we still need to sort out the ropes on the Nugget circle

We need a full house at next work days guys and gals.

New Growth and Fertilizer

Hop Asparagus

Going to try Hay to keep weeds down

Lots of Hoeing

Newly Cut Cascade Rhizomes

Wheel barrows need 3 people

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The season is upon us

Hops yard looks good despite the crazy winter we have had..... we spent a few hours cutting down old Bines , and cleaning up, now we need to prep for this season .

First sign of growth was seen  around 5th March , with nice purple buds now showing this week.

Time to fertilize and get lines up in prep for growth.   Will be cutting a bunch of Rhizomes with one order for 40 plus and another for 20 .... should be able to meet these this year.

 Pics from March 7th , 5 1/2 inches of Sleet, snow, ice mixed

This weekend we need to get out and work the land
Sunday 2 pm again, 

Let's bring a few cold ones as well this time to enjoy afterwards.

We need to fix the back pole , ( farm house side ) , we need to fix Nugget ropes, and of course dig out Rhizomes,

general weeding is also needed, if you have a hoe (the one with a pole attached :-)
bring it and we could do with some Weedeaters again too.
Email me if any questions