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    Snow covered hops this spring as of 21 March 2013

    March 21, 2013 Late Start

    What a difference a year makes.  Last year, March 13th I had hop sprouts.  This year March 21, We have 6 inches of snow still on the ground and below average temps for at least another week (close to record lows for this time of year 2 degrees above zero fahrenheit at night – haven’t hit 30 degrees for a high yet).  The average high for this time of year is 44 degrees.  So much for global warming.

    Last year was an early spring, this year, not so much.  This year is closer to normal.  On average I don’t see sprouts until early to mid April.  I am in zone 4 (Minneapolis, MN area) and the general rule for planting a garden here is May 15th for frost free nights.  Hops are hardy once established and can easily take 25 degrees and not even be phased by it.  That’s why they are always sprouting at least a month before May 15th.

    2012 was an early spring allowing these hop sprouts to emerge in mid March.

    March 13, 2012 Hop Sprouts

    Well I am sick of winter and antsy to get out in my yard and garden and start planting.  I know many of you are in warmer climates and you probably already have sprouts or even bines by now or have already planted your rhizomes.

    Well I wish you the best and I hope this is a better growing season than last year (at least around here it was not good – even my tomatoes did poorly).  Let us know how you are doing click the number following “Comments” at the top of the post if you are on the home page  – or the Comments will be at the bottom of the post if you are on the post page.  If you don’t know the difference between a home page and a post page, don’t worry about it – just blogger geek speak.  Cheers to 2013!  (We already survived the end of the world!)

    Categories : Fifth Year Hops
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