1.2 pounds of Nugget hop cones drying on a screen.

    Nugget Hop Cones Drying

    Today is the Nugget hop cone harvest of 2017.  I picked the last of my varieties of hops –  Nugget hops.  I ended up with 1.2 pounds of hop cones.  Not a record but worthy of picking.  It took about an hour.

    As with any gardening endeavour, the harvest is always satisfying.  Don’t get me wrong, they are fun to watch grow (up to a foot a day during peak)!  Not to mention they are a beautiful and unique plant.

    To make it more enjoyable I had  a cigar, and listened to my Pandora harvest mix of rocking blues, punk, raggae and classic rock.  It has become a tradition while harvesting.

    Something happened to the lower laterals where they died off.  Not sure what, whether they were storm damaged, insects or what.  The vast majority of the bines were unaffected.  I lost maybe a hundred cones – not bad.

    The Nugget hops are the last to harvest – they always are 1 to 2 weeks behind the Cascades and Magnum hops.  That is the end of the hops season for me.  We’ll see what next year brings.  This is year number nine for these hops – next year will be season ten!

    As usual, I re-raised the bines after harvest to gather energy for next year’s crop.  It is easy to do with my pulley setup I use.  I will cut them down after they die off following the first hard frost.

    We will see what the 2018 season brings.  Hopefully those who grow their own hops had

    Nugget hop bines ready for harvest.

    Nugget Hop Bines

    a great year.  Let us know how you did this season.  If you aren’t growing hops but have been thinking about it – just do it.  It is easy and they grow like weeds.  Just to let you know,  you probably won’t get much of a first year harvest so the sooner you get started the better.

    Here is some basic info on how to grow hops

    Soil Preparation

    You don’t know if you don’t try.  It doesn’t cost much to get started.  Next spring get some hop rhizomes or plants and give it a try.  If you are considering it, prep the area you plan on planting this fall.  Just dig down a foot or 2 and add some organic material to the soil – compost, composted manure, grass clippings(with no herbicides) and leaves.  Fertile soil will get them off to a good start.

     



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