Uncovering Hops Plants for Spring

The hops on Hop Hill have been snuggled under a warm bed of hay all winter. With the last hard frost over we decided to uncover the hops today. Some had uncovered themselves  without our assistance but many were lying in wait. We will be stringing up some runners to the tops of the poles for them this week. Hops grow straight up so they need tall poles. We were very happy to see so many shoots on each plant. The shoots are edible and taste similar to young asparagus. We will leave three shoots per rhizome and cut the rest to eat.

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