May and June were busy months in the hopyard, with us readying poles for placement, and then installing our permanent infrastructure for the 1 acre hopyard. Check our our progress below:
We received a few loads of Tamarack poles from a sawmill in Rocky Mountain house. We stripped the lower 4 and a half feet of bark on the poles and drilled holes for wire at the top of the poles.
We rented a skid steer with post-hole auger and drilled down 4 feet. Poles were placed in the ground using our Volvo front-end loader.
We used a product called RotBloc to protect the poles from ground level rot, as we are not using chemically treated poles in alignment with the requirements of the Canadian Organic Standard. This product is made with recycled irrigation drip tape- so cool and easy to apply.
The boys were impressed with their hard work that day. Wiring the trellis was up next and completed over the next few weekends.
Trellising was an epic grind, using a trailer with scaffolding and pulling thousands of feet of wire rope. Let’s just say we are pumped to have a couple years of from this task.
Hops also require copious amounts of water to have successful growth, and this year has been very dry, making this irrigation even more essential. The hop yard has irrigation tape down each row with drip emitters spaced every 2 feet or so. The current set-up also allows us to provide fertigation to the hops, a liquid organic fertilizer solution made for our crop and soil needs.