I was lucky enough today to be given four turkey eggs from our friend E. They are beautiful eggs and we can’t wait to eat them. Seeing as we have eggs from quail, chickens, button quail and now turkey, I thought I’d post a quick photo for comparison.
I wrote this for someone I sold some hops rhizomes as a quick how to grow hops. Thought I should post to share with any other growers out there.
- Plant hops in well draining soil. Use some sand to aid in drainage.
- Plant 1 1/2″ deep. I prefer horizontally.
- Keep hops well watered but not drowned. Deep watering is best.
- Never water foliage as this can promote fungus like powdery mildew. If this happens, use an organic sulphur powder directly on the leaves (follow the directions of the product for best results).
- Hops should be ready late August or early September. To harvest, cut bines from your lines and slowly work your way from one end to the other CUTTING off the hops as you go. It’s best to harvest on a warm overcast afternoon. Don’t harvest in the morning as your plants will be heavy with dew.
- In year one, run two lines with two bines on each. Year two, run four lines, with up to three bines per line.
- Use a line that will not degrade in the sun and can take minimum 50lbs of strain. Snapped lines are upsetting.
- Cut off diseased or dying leaves as you spot them.
- Use a dog leash screw to hold your lines firm to the ground. Dollar stores have them cheapest.
- Your plants can live about two years in a large pot, or definitely in open bottom containers.
- Hops like to be fed. Fertilize often. I prefer organic only, but that’s up to you. If you go with organic, fish emulsion works well as does cold manure (alpaca and rabbit turds).
We still have some of each hot pepper variety and lots of sweet potato vines left, but we are down to our last Chinook hop rhizome. If you were interested in the hops, hop to it.
Before I open up sales to the general pop, I thought I would post on here first. We have pepper plants in 3″ pots available that are from American grown seeds in isolation to avoid cross pollination. All plants have been grown using organic feed only. We started the plants back in February as most hot peppers take a long time to sprout (up to 12 weeks). Varieties available are:
Moruga Scorpions (hottest peppers in the world)
Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost peppers (former record holder)
Yucatan White Habanero (jelly bean sized spicy peppers)
Peter peppers (tasty, but mainly grown for novelty)
Each plant is $10 or 3 for $25.
We also have sweet potato slips ready to plant. Each slip was produced from a Canadian grown sweet potato. The slips were started back in March. They have been removed from their mothers and have fully formed roots. We have not used any feed on these plants, just fresh clean water. Each slip will product large flowing vines and multiple edible sweet potatoes.
Each slip is $3 or 2 for $5.
Last, but not least, we are splitting our hop rhizomes up since they’ve gone bananas this year. Hop vines grow up to 30′ tall and need support from a fence, trellis or line. Ours reached nearly 20′ last year and we had a good crop off the plants. Our rhizomes are organic and they have never seen any chemicals. We are offering Chinook and Willamette varieties. Each rhizome is $10. We are only offering 2 rhizomes of each variety, so be quick.
You can pick up plants at our house or we can make arrangements as we are all over from Hamilton to downtown Toronto to meet up with you. It’s first come, first served.