Numbers: A Way of Knowing

1st Season of the Hopyard

  • 48 larch poles, 19 ft tall (4 and 6 “ in diameter) pounded 4 ft down – Summer 2013.
  • 4 working days with 6 people = 24 person days  to construct hop yard.
  • 800 rhizomes; 5 varieties of hops transplanted – Fall 2013.
  • 4 days with 4 people to string up of 11,200ft of cordage – Spring 2014.
  • 138 day growing season at 53.53 degrees latitude; hops need 120 frost free days and 55 degrees.
  • Drip irrigation at 2 litres/hour for 4 hours every 3 days when hot.
  • July 2014 = warmest on record.
  • Harvested kg’s of hops! Wet weight, dry weight, 20-25% dry matter.
  • Centennial – harvested 6 bins. Sold in 2 and 4 oz packages dried.
  • Golding – 124 plants in 2 rows; Fuggle – just 5 plants this year.
  • First frost September 8, plus 5 cm snow.
  • September 15: half the hopyard harvested; just Sterling  and Cascade left.

Visit http://windhover.ca/photoAlbums.php to see the photo journal.

And now thinking about planning for next year.

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