Friday, October 18, 2013

October - Harveting Hops

This morning was typically Irish, damp and overcast, so a perfect morning spent indoors. Indoors inside the polytunnel, that is.....warm, softly scented air with a calming green light due to rather excessive foliage still remaining. 
Having harvested a colander of cherry tomatoes and a couple of mis-shaped cucumbers, decided that it was time to start the cull of the hops aka Triffids. Hops are sticky and scratchy - not that nice to touch but they do look beautiful and have a delicate fragrance in their defence......
The hops seeds came from my late parents house in Chester where they grew with utter abandon over fencing panels and provided a wonderful backdrop to a spacious garden - rare in a city centre. So happy memories persuaded me to plant up several seeds, and of course all took with vigor and abandon. 

Now in Chester, the plants were out of doors and not in the green house effect of the polytunnel so yes they grew rather excessively. ( Hint to those friends who have received seeds - do not plant up in the vicinity of a door that you plan on using!! ) 

An hour and a half later and I have filled a massive garden bag which kinda took over the compost tip, and have two carrier bags of hops. I can guess what the compost heap will look like this time next year - at  least it is decorative!

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