Thursday, April 29, 2010
Shoot'n for the Sun
Hops are vigorous little buggers! Here is one that, in only 3 weeks has started climbing the flag I used to mark the plant. Guess it is time to get moving on the trellis. (I know there are some weeds in there....I will smother those out soon)
It is a critical and busy time on Windy Hill. This is the time that weeds really take off and can bury our efforts if not careful. That is the story of many previous gardening attempts. We often travel in late May to early June and return to a virtual coup by the weeds. This year we will be armed with a combination of deep mulching and a tractor to cultivate. In the hop yard we will combat with a cover crop, though we seem to have a hard time deciding what to use and how to make sure we don't do anything that might jeopardize gaining organic certification.