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Just a Taste of My Garden Before Stacking Wood

Some of the snap peas got away from me and are now becoming the seeds for next year. I am leaving them on the vine until they are fully ripe and dry then collecting them and setting aside.
DSC_0001I planted purple pole beans this year as a trial. I must say they are beautiful but the true worth will be known once they are ready to eat.
DSC_0011 DSC_0004The yellow wax beans were a great success last year prepared fresh and pickled so in they went again. The first harvest was more than I expected. They are washed and in the refrigerator so I can pickle tomorrow.
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The zucchini is late this year but they grow so quickly that this first little one will be ready by the end of the week and there are plenty of blossoms too.
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The Italian peppers are coming along nicely, here is the first one that may be picked green if I get impatient. These beauties are golden when ripe.DSC_0012
The hops are looking good but I need an expert. I am going to contact our local microbrewery, Relic Brewery, and offer the hops to them.
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The Elderberry bush-tree is both in bloom and forming berries.
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Pruning Hop Plants

The original site for the hops did not give them enough height to grow so I moved them this spring just as they were peaking out of the ground. I was amazed at the size and sprawl of the root system. They are now planted and climbing up twine suspended by eye hooks to the peak of the house (thanks Xav for climbing up a ladder to do that).
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According to Freshops, pruning the lower 4 feet of leaves will give energy to the tops of the vines  for the hops to produce the flowers/cones. Surprisingly, even with the transplanting we have quite a few hops already visible on the young hop plants.
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Here are a few of the many blooms just starting. I don’t personally care for beer but both Xav and Angelo do. Angelo has already brewed a batch at his place with purchased hops and grains so I am happy to do the gardening and let them do the brewing and drinking using our home grown hops.
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After “stripping”  the base looks very bare but already I see where side shoots that will start to grow. The new growth will be left on the vines to feed the plant at the end of the season making a stronger plant that will produce more hop cones/flowers next year.

Hops!

DSC_0020Hops are producing! We transplanted a poorly treated rhizome last year and it lived but didn’t thrive. This year it is much healthier and it is thanking us with a few hops.

Something has been eating the leaves on the hop plant and I found it in action. Now to identify the caterpillar and find a natural deterrent.

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