I started trying to grow hops in my backyard last year.  Between being busy developing their root systems, and occasional run-ins with a weedwhacker, they never got very far, and only the Cascade (I had also planted Mt. Hood and Sunbeam) made it through the winter.  This year, though, I put up a proper wooden trellis and a little fence around the base of the bine to make sure it was clear that this is a thing that is supposed to be here.

I’m very happy to report that the Cascade is now bearing flowers!  Some of them look close to ready for harvest, in fact.  I am very excited about the prospect of brewing beer with hops I grew in my own yard.

Hop flowers

Hop flowers — poor quality cellphone photo


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