Growing hops can be a treacherous journey filled with scary-sounding pitfalls like nutrient deficiencies, spider mites and downey mildew. Done right, however, even the backyard hop grower can yield bountiful bines of fresh, hoppy goodness.
The folks over at Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake, Minnesota, today released the Minnesota Hop Grower’s Guide, a 21-page overview that outlines the basics of growing hops in Minnesota. While it’s geared more toward the commercial grower, backyard hop farmers can also glean new information and techniques from the guide, which covers everything from site selection, trellis installation and planting, to management, harvest, drying and storing.
“The Minnesota hops industry is young but growing fast,” Benjamin Boo, chief horticulturalist at Mighty Axe Hops said in a press release. “With so many people jumping in–from backyard gardens to the full scale commercial productions–we wanted to create a practical resource for anyone thinking through the (awesome) idea of growing hops.”