No, this isn’t an installation from Christo and Jeanne-Claude, these gates are rather a collection of North American hop variaties (Cascades, Willamettes, Nugget and a set of rhizomes unbeknownst to us) that will be taking up residence at the brewery. There is ample sun exposure for these gals to really flourish. The buckets they rest in have several holes drilled out of the bottom for easy irrigation. A 2 inch bed of gravel sets up a means for the soil to stay atop the rock and not siphon through as drainage. A generous mixture of top soil, compost and manure were hand mashed together for proper nutrients levels.
Once monsoon season subsides here in Rochester, a solid week of sun will bring much cheer and vigorous growth so we can begin training the bines up a series of twine poles. You won’t need to travel to central park for this show, our ladies will be adorning the back entrance to the brewery. When you park in the back lot make sure to pay them a little attention as they tend to get a little surly on occasion.