|Hop Farm from the top of the mulch hill.|
|Hop Farm from the east.|
|Detail of the terraces with lots of weeds to pull.|
|Hop Farm from the lower east slope.|
|Hop Farm from the lower west slope. Avocado tree to the right.|
|My wife, Michelle, taking out those weeds!|
|Hop Farm Row 1 (Chinook and Centennial) weeded and mulched.|
|Row 1 from the west, after weeding and mulching.|
|One Chinook hop mound seems to already be breaking soil.|
Here's a couple of links for buying rhizomes directly from the source. As of now, no rhizome source has a list of what will be available this year. Several homebrew suppliers and stores will also have rhizomes available beginning next month. I got really excited when More Beer! announced their rhizome pre-order a couple of weeks ago and jumped at the chance to order Columbus hops. Their pre-sale deal is only good until March 1st.
Rhizomes from Hops Direct
Rhizomes from Northwest Hops
Hops Direct made a YouTube video series last season to show the hop farming process. They're great if you haven't seen them yet. Hop farmer guru at Hops Direct, Stacy Puterbaugh, shows you how to plant hops and even what a large scale hop harvest looks like. I'll share some of these videos here as the season moves on.
Hops TV, Episode 1: Planting Hops