They grow semi-wild all over the place in Poland. I remember walking along the fence of an abandoned factory and there were hop vines climbing all over the chain link fence. Seems they don't need a whole lot of attention or care and at the end of the summer there were hop cones littering the ground all over the place.
I've started 3 or 4 rhizomes here on the farm one or two died one's doing awesome and the last one should be okay but it's getting established much slower probably because of shade. This summer will be either their third or fourth season.
The one growing most robustly is outside the southwest corner of the barn on a section of chain link fence. It's a cascade variety I believe. We have heavy, black, clay soils here and there's probably lots of residual nutrients built up near the barn that I've been told is 150 years old! Also that particular path of ground seems to be pretty well drained relative to what's typical around here. The apple tree planted 15 feet south of it is doing well too.
I'll be starting more plants west, east, and possibly south of the passive solar house I'm building. It seems like a great idea although I have heard of problems with vines growing on stucco buildings; severe mold infestations. I don't know the particulars so just do some research and be cautious. I'm guessing the south side would be the safest to grow any vine on if it gets exposure to sun and wind. We frequently get blasted by 30 mph hot SW winds in the summer. I plan on setting up the trellises down from my overhangs which extend four feet.
An image search for hops vines may yield some cool ideas if they could be sifted out!
My husband and I built an arbor on the south side of our last house on the deck and planted hops on them. It took a while for them to get long enough to shade it. On one side, they were shaded too much. On the other side they grew well, but they seem to attract small bugs that made it a little difficult to put my patio chair next to. However, they were at a good height to harvest. I would highly recommend looking into the best hops to grow in your area for this purpose.
I was considering grape vines on chain link or snow fencing inside a green house. As the weather warmed they would leaf out and offer shade, and the greenhouse plastic would be removed.
Hops, are the leaves edible?
i am growing them up and over the chicken coop to help shade it from the harsh sun.
i just planted them along a fence, then tied some twine between the top of the fence and the coop roof. im hoping they will do the rest.
i have cascade, glacier and and unknown variety and have used them in the past in beer. i noticed the ones grown locally are nearly as "potent" as commercial versions of the same variety (smell mainly). we werent using them for the main bittering though, so it wasnt a big deal. we have used some as a dry hop also.
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William Bronson wrote: I was considering grape vines on chain link or snow fencing inside a green house. As the weather warmed they would leaf out and offer shade, and the greenhouse plastic would be removed.
Hops, are the leaves edible?
apparantly the new shoots are!! (poor mans asparagus)
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