By late August, I had to start thinking about harvesting the hops. Farmers apparently just cut the whole bines down. This would be efficient on a farm but probably give a few cones that were unripe, a few overripe, and plenty that were ideal. Being a two-hop kind of guy, I have the chance to take several harvests of whichever cones are ripe, separated by a couple of weeks.
Here the hops are tussling with their roommates, the kitchen herbs.
Spring 2014. Decided to try growing some hops. I figured I would find a collaborator or two to use ’em to brew some beer. I’d read that as aggressive rhizomes, they can take over if not contained, spreading underground. Can’t let that happen to the garden. Sourced some planters for the job.