|Finished trellis structures.|
|1" stainless steel flange|
|Pipe was a foot too long so we improvised with some old bolts.|
|Ready for some hops.|
|Sketch up of the proposed watering system design.|
|Do it right or do it twice. Full auto watering system by Mister Landscaper.|
|Test fit of controller, anti back-flow valve, psi regulator, & filter.|
|1/2" poly drip lines.|
|Initial test fit complete!|
Planting the hops, Finally!
|Turning over soil after sitting bare for a month|
|Compost/manure mix from Lowe's. We bought 11 40lb bags which worked out perfect.|
|Luke doing WORK.|
|Cut and bent some small gauge wire from a tomato plant cage.|
|Test fitting the V-shaped design for the twine the hops will use to grow up.|
|Mock up complete. Still need to retie knots more securely.|
|Luke and Philip training up the plants.|
|Close up shot.|
|Hops are in the ground!|
With it being relative warm since planting, the watering system is set to turn on twice a day (7am, 7pm) and run for two hours each time. Our drip system has adjustable nozzles that allow for 1 GPH to 10 GPH (gallons per hour). For now about 1-2 GPH seems to be enough but that may be adjusted as needed. With it being hot out and having some intense sunlight for about a week straight, some of the leaves on each plant have burned a bit and wilted. In the long run I think they will be fine, so for now we are just hoping they can adapt quickly to life outside.
Look for Part 3 sometime soon once the hops really start growing and updates on how they progress throughout the early summer months.