Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hops Trellis Pole Raising 2012

Today, we raised 22 more poles to expand the trellis in the hopsyard. HUGE thanks to those who helped out - even braving the weather. Amazing how efficient you can be when you are racing a storm. We had sun here until the last row of poles to raise. Then, we were not sure if we would get them all in before the thunderstorm rolled over. But, we did in the knick of time! Have to say it was much cooler than last year, when we were doing the same work in the July heat.

Of course, getting the poles to this point took some preparation.
First, we logged them. Then, we cut them to 21 feet long - 3 feet below ground and 18 feet above. We had to seal the ends with deck sealant because we found that some of the poles from 2011 were cracking. We capped the tops with metal square sheets to preserve the wood a bit more, too. We drilled hooks into the tops for the trellis cable to rest. We augered holes in which to sink the poles three feet down, in line with the hops rows. Finally, we dragged the poles into place. Simple, right? There is still the cable to string and coir to tie down, but that is for another day. We finished off this day with a big meal and some friend's home brews.

Augering and digging out rocks

Getting poles into position
Racers, take your places, it's pole position
Using the brace Rich made last year, and some manpower
We are de-leanifying this one
Yikes! Gettin' it done in time.
Running for cover
Now, that's a good-lookin' hopsyard!
Our supplies - included it because Rich likes this photo

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