When we started selling our own soil soils this spring, we had no idea hops would be such a hot area! But with the Farm Brewery law passing in New York state to encourage New York breweries to use hops grown in New York, more and more small farmers are getting into hops growing.
In the late 1800s hops were a huge industry in New York, but a changing production process for beer making and plant disease all but wiped out hop farming in the state until recently.
When growers started coming to us for advice on how to grow their hops, we got to researching. We've developed recommendations for hops farmers to prepare their fields and a great soil to start hops rhizomes in containers.
One of our customers brought this beauty in to show us how well it's doing this week. He's reviving a hops farm out near Cooperstown, complete with its own 1882 hops house for drying.
Our hops soil is tailored for hops, with a pH in the 6.5-7.0 range, plus a blend of ingredients for the right balance of nutrients, waterholding, and drainage. And GreenTree Coco. Hops love Coco, too.
We've been making this soil to order, so please let us know if you want some. We can do any size batch -- from a few cubic feet to multiple cubic yards.
We arrived at this hops soil because someone asked us for a custom blend. Have a different type of plant you want to plant in specially tailored soil? Just ask. We'd love to whip some up.