There is a whole lot of training on the hill these days! First and foremost, the hops. Training is the process of selecting several hop shoots and manually wrapping them around the coir (coconut twine). Like so much with hop growing- and brewing- it is part art and part science.
With 2 coir per plant, average 3 shoots per coir, and about 400 plants, we are lovingly (most of the time) hand-training around 2400 shoots in our half-acre hop yard this spring.
What other kind of training is keeping us busy? Training for parenthood! Saul and I are expecting a baby boy any day now. It's a race to which will happen first... the end of hop training or the arrival of our baby!