Hannah and her sister took advantage of an unusually still spring day to affix a sturdy twine trellis to the South side of the barn. It was an exercise in knotting techniques and acrobatics both! Then, we transplanted 24 hops plants that will work their way up the lines throughout the summer. Meanwhile, Will and the tractor continued breaking up the sod and alfalfa for later planting. The soil is rich and fine, and we managed to plant flats of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, and kale that we had started in the greenhouse a few weeks ago, just in time for a small spring shower!

6 thoughts on “Hoppin’!

  1. Tracy G March 29, 2012 / 7:57 am

    Yum, we love broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and kale here at the Glom Shelter. Especially kale.

    Hops! So good for sweet dreams and other salutary effects. 😉 Just out of curiosity, which variety are you growing?

  2. 26TH STREET FARM March 29, 2012 / 10:42 am

    So happy to hear you do! We will have lots of Kale this year! The hops we transplanted are cascade—we’ll use them in our home-brewing! It’s neat to hear about their other powers.

    • Tracy G March 29, 2012 / 12:08 pm

      Yup, hops were traditionally employed as a soporific, and also a digestive aid, before being put to more widespread use as a preservative and flavoring agent for beer.

      I haven’t tried growing hops myself. I know a couple of people in this area who’ve planted Cascade successfully, though, and I adore the piney-grapefruity scent of that variety. I was at the harvest for Thunderhead Brewing Co. last August—it was lots of fun. Happy brewing!

  3. Linda Bernard March 29, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Love all of your beautiful pictures and posts. It looks so warm and lovely there. The pictures of your sunny days gives me hope that we too will see the sun some day!! The forecast here is for wind and rain for the next week!! It’s really getting old. Take care.

    • 26TH STREET FARM March 29, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Nice to hear from you Linda, We hope the weather warms up soon!

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