The new hop plants have arrived and been heeled in, ready and waiting to go out in the new area that will extend our hop garden.
A mustard ‘green manure’ was sown there back in the early autumn to hold the soil nutrients over winter, and as soon as the ground is workable we’ll turn that in and start forming the ridges for planting.
If the weather is kind to us we’ll get the plants in late March.
The hops in our smaller trial areas really thrived last summer, and have provided us with around half the hops we’ll need for brewing this year. As well as planting more of the 8 varieties that we know do well for us, like Wye Challenger, Cascade and Bramling Cross, we’ll be trying a couple of ‘American’ varieties, Centennial and Williamette. If they do well that will give us another couple of aroma profiles to play with in our brews!