Two questions that are often asked: Do hops get cut down each year? Do you have to restring the hops each year? The answer to both is yes. Hops get cut to the ground at harvest time, lie dormant through the winter and grow vigorously again in the spring to reach stunning heights by late June.
When the hops are cut down at harvest time, the entire bine, including the string upon which it grew is cut down also. It is too time consuming and pretty much impossible to unwind the tangled bine from the string on which it grew.
We load the string sections on the scissor lift and go up for a ride to the top of the trellis.
Here is a view from the top of the trellis:
The wind was so strong, it was not safe to go back up in the lift, so we postponed stringing until the following weekend when the family would be visiting again to help.
Well, at least I think Howie was helping....but maybe he was just tormenting his little sister.
Thank goodness for our family. The job was finally finished on Memorial Day weekend.