We worked like a well-oiled machine. Fran and I moved row to row, measuring out 18" plant spacings and checking each spot for potential obstacles, like roots and rocks. Johanna carefully detangled each tray of baby hops, while Clancy laid out the plants. Bob delved into the planting, while Saul followed up with refreshments: organic fish-emulsion spiked water for the newly planted hops and pints of Griffin Hill's latest test brew, a delicious NY Mild, for us.
We added seven new varieties to our hop nursery: Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, Newport, Liberty, Alpharoma, and Ultra. How will these varieties do in our environment? Only time will tell. But I think we got them off to a pretty good start.