We harvested the hops from the plants in the student garden on the 23rd. We cut the ropes that the bines (the name for hop vines) grew up all year and harvested the hops by hand. The plants are in their second year so we cut the bines off about four feet from the ground and composted what we cut off. Soon we’ll retie the ropes to the trellis. The plants in elsama are only one year old so they won’t be cut back this year.
We then dried them for a few days in the greenhouse and packed them in ziploc bags and stored those in the freezer.
Some of the hop cones (the name for the hop that’s harvested) are brown and more dried out. We think it’s because we may have harvested them too late. We’re going to experiment with brewing with them though to see what the difference may be. Look out for some Eden Hall beer in the future!
Work and Pick
Work and picks are now from 5-7 on certain Wednesdays. Next one will be a preservation day on oct 15 on preserving peppers: roasting freezing and dehydrating. Then the next work day will be November 5.
On Wednesday we worked out in elsama. We gleaned the last of the tomatoes, there were a ton! Now the plants will be pulled out and the beds tilled. We also helped load up the pumpkins, butternut squash and Amish crookneck squash that had been picked. They’ll be transported from Elsalma on the big hay wagon. We also got the chance to pick some amazing wildflower bouquets! All the wildflowers around the fence of elsama are in bloom. It was a really beautiful evening!
There is a frost coming.
In an effort to prepare we covered the new lettuce beds and harvested all mature looking peppers from the student garden, the high tunnel and Elsalma. That’s a lot of peppers!