Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hops Crop Exceeds Expectations

The headline says it all. I didn't expect my hop plant to survive, much less produce some lovely cones but here's photographic proof. There used to be at least three plants and I had put up clotheslines for them to stretch out on.... then we quit gardening in that area, leaving them without water most of the year. But they are hardy little suckers (and stickers) as this one survivor proves. 
I started some regular watering and, lo and behold, cones appeared. What a wonderful, fragrant aroma... sort of like sticking your nose down into a pint of Pliny the Elder!!
Now, if I only knew the variety. For the time being, I'm calling it a Cooper1.
So, you ask, what does one do with one hop plant and the few cones it produced? Well, I'm thinking, a little pinch between cheek and gum.....

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