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Growing Hops 3. Sprouts and Drainage Concerns

3 have sprouted. First came the Kent Golding, then Perle, followed by Willamette. No Cascade yet. I am concerned the clay soil is not broken up enough for drainage. I put peat moss, soil conditioning pine humus mix, mushroom humus, and black gold organic chicken fertilizer in with the clay soil. Too much peat and not enough pine mix to break up the clay.

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  1. May 8, 2010 at 12:20 am

    thanks for the comment, I mounded but did not put the rhizome above ground level. I dug a hole and mixed the organics it. My concern is that the soil around the area I dug up and mixed up with organics may act like a slow draining bucket and moisture will not have anywhere to go, and that I did not add enough to change the soil I dug up enough to allow for good drainage.

    But the sprouts look pretty robust so far. It may be next spring before I know how it will play out.

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