6 workers + 2.5 hours = 120 plants in the ground

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.

A vision of industry.

A vision of industry.

Johanna with Cascade.

Johanna with Cascade.

Getting our hops in a row.

Getting our hops in a row.

Johanna and Clancy plugging away. 

Johanna and Clancy plugging away. 

First pints in the hop yard.

First pints in the hop yard.

A well-deserved break.      

A well-deserved break.

 

 

 

Fran working through stumpy Row 8.  

Fran working through stumpy Row 8.  

120 plants in the ground!

120 plants in the ground!

Still smiling, our work is done. It started sprinkling just moments later, which we took as an auspicious sign.  

Still smiling, our work is done. It started sprinkling just moments later, which we took as an auspicious sign.