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first year hops

30

Apr 17

Growing Hops at Home

Growing hops at home is not much different to growing hops commercially on a larger scale, but at home it...
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crab apple blossom

23

Apr 17

Bramling Cross Hops in April

April is a fabulous month but this year it has surpassed itself. I can understand the homesick yearning described by...
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Bramling cross hop variety

31

Mar 17

Bramling Cross Hop Variety

Bramling Cross Hop variety was bred by Professor Ernest Salmon at Wye college then released in 1951 after trials. It’s...
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22

Feb 17

This Year’s Hop Setts Have Arrived

This year's hop setts have arrived just in time to coincide with the arrival of storm Doris tomorrow!  That will probably...
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2

Feb 17

A New Hop Growing Season Begins

A new hop growing season begins. In this area hop stringing has just started. I love this fresh ‘new-page-in-a-note-book’ feeling, with...
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Fresh pea shoots are a tasty salad addition

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Jan 17

Fresh Pea Shoots Are A Tasty Salad Addition

Fresh pea shoots are a tasty salad addition at any time of year but especially during chilly grey winter months...
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A special beer tasting continued our festive magic

7

Jan 17

A Special Beer Tasting Continued our Festive Magic

A special beer tasting continued our festive magic,  I had received 4 unique gifts in the true spirit of Christmas as they...
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homebrew Hop aroma pack

21

Dec 16

Homebrew Hop Aroma Pack Winner

‘The Homebrew Hop Aroma Pack ‘ draw is now closed. We are delighted to announce the winner has been randomly...
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tightening hop wires

8

Dec 16

Winter Hop Gardens And It’s Wire Working Time

Winter hop gardens and it's wire working time once again.  This mean any of the following, from replacing hop poles that were broken...
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autumn in the hop gardens bine cutting is underway

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Nov 16

Autumn in the Hop Gardens Bine Cutting is Underway

Autumn in the hop gardens, bine cutting is underway and we are almost at the end of another hop growing year. With...
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homebrew Hop aroma pack

4

Nov 16

Homebrew Hop Aroma Packs

We are proud to introduce our new HomeBrew Hop Aroma Packs, or to be more specific our HomeBrew Leaf Hop...
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27

Oct 16

Fabulous Autumn Weather

I hope others are also finding time to enjoy this fabulous autumn weather, lots of sunshine this year with only the...
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hops for home brewing in 1kg blocks

3

Oct 16

Hops for Home Brewing in 1Kg blocks

We are pleased to announce our special offer of hops for home brewing in 1Kg blocks. These blocks are aimed...
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pole work

22

Sep 16

Old English Hop Varieties for Home Brewing

I have put together a Special Blend of Old English Hop Varieties for home brewing. I might be sticking my neck...
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hop-dog caterpillar

19

Sep 16

The Hop-Dog Caterpillar

The hop plant is host to the hop-dog caterpillar and we are very happy to report that there has been...
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Keyworth Early Heritage Hop Variety

8

Sep 16

Heritage Hop Varieties for The Home Brewer

This year’s Modern and Heritage Hop Varieties for the home brewer have been selected, all that remains now is to...
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relief for hoppyitus

5

Sep 16

It’s Hop-picking Time and an Outbreak of ‘Hoppyitus’

It’s hop-picking time again and with it comes the usual seasonal outbreak of ‘Hoppyitus’. Whilst the majority of people have...
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hoppy hearts

25

Aug 16

Hop Fabric Designs for a Shepherd’s Hut

The odd wet day earlier this season meant I could play with our hop fabric designs and managed some remarkably guilt...
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19

Aug 16

Massey Ferguson 187 Combine

Our little Massey Ferguson 187 Combine has done a sterling job once again. Alongside today's larger sleeker combines she may look...
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13

Aug 16

‘Look out’ Deer About

  Harvest is well underway but with deer about, although everything looks fine and dandy, all is not quite as it...
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wild flower meadows
inside an Allaeys hop machine

3

Aug 16

Hop Harvester

The last major job this year on the Allaeys hop harvester was cleaning the lateral picking fingers and replacing any...
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26

Jul 16

Hop Burr

This time of year, when the hop burr forms then morphs  into young hops, is really satisfying.  It's always good to see the first...
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wild flower meadows, wild flowers
original gravity hop apron. original gravity competition, hop fabrics, BBQ apron

14

Jul 16

Original Gravity Draw

Congratulations Dilys you have been drawn as the winner of our Hop Apron in the Original Gravity Draw. I have sent you a confirmation...
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8

Jul 16

Poplar Hawk Moths

Looking out of the window I wondered what that was on the car wheel.  Closer inspection revealed a little glimpse of  local wildlife...
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26

Jun 16

Colours of June

The Coming out Ball for English gardens has to be celebrated in June and the disheveled abundance off massed old fashioned...
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14

Jun 16

Hop Picking Machine

In any spare moments throughout the summer, work is continually ongoing to get hop picking machines ready for harvest in...
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original gravity hop apron. original gravity competition, hop fabrics, BBQ apron

3

Jun 16

Original Gravity Competition

  If you have not already discovered Original Gravity Magazine and you like beer then do check it out quick sticks....
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hop decorated pottery, hop decorated pattern flagons, hop decorated ware, hop decorated jugs

27

May 16

Hop Decorated Pottery

Claudine Cecil is a potter living in the High Weald of Sussex where she makes hop decorated pottery.  Her work is very diverse, she...
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21

May 16

Seconding at Hop Training

I have been asked to explain exactly what ‘seconding' at hop training is.  During hop training each year you will...
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into the hop garden

18

May 16

Hop Sett Update

I thought those who entered the draw  ‘Be a Hop Grower For a Year’  might like to have a 'hop sett...
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green colour of May

9

May 16

Colour of May

Green is the colour of May.  This verdant month means two things, hop training and the re-greening of the countryside. No hay has been...
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3

May 16

Wild Garlic and Red and White Quilts

At the beginning of May as you drive past any damp native woodland you will most likely catch cool glimpses...
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27

Apr 16

Hop Twiddling Time

It is hop twiddling time once again in the hop gardens of England and as always a lovely time of year...
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25

Apr 16

Carpets of Bluebells

  The pure joy of blue bells carpeting a wood in April.
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16

Apr 16

Colours of April

Spring has been teasing us through March but the early part of this week has made up for that. With...
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natural dyeing with hops

14

Apr 16

Natural Dyeing with Hops

I have always loved the colours that you get with natural dyes, their soft watercolour shades are so very British....
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hop viniculture structure, hop garden, hop growing

1

Apr 16

Essential Hop Viniculture

Essential for any hop viniculture venture is a framework for the vines, or more correctly hop bines, to climb up...
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bill's hop soda

10

Mar 16

Bill’s Hop Soda

Whilst doing a casual ramble around the web searching for natural dyeing I found Donna Kallner's Site.   In it...
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hop twiddling stick, home brewing, english hops, in the hop gardens, seasonal hop work,hops for the home brewer

5

Mar 16

Choosing a Hop Twiddling Stick

Winter, is the best time choose your hop twiddling stick. The trees are still bare making it easier spot a...
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root crop fork

25

Feb 16

Hovering Up Hops when Drying in an Oast House

It has been a week of unexpected treats, the foremost is that I have been given a hovering up fork...
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hop banding in strings

21

Feb 16

Banding-in The Hop Strings

The first job of the hop growing year is hop stringing and banding-in. It is one job that is nice to get done, dusted and out of the way before the weather warms.
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12

Feb 16

First Gold hop Setts being planted

The First Gold hop variety which Ashley chose in the ‘Be A Hop Grower for a Season’ draw arrived earlier...
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8

Feb 16

Target Hops – An Aroma to Brighten the Wet Weather

February so far is certainly living up to its Country Law reputation of :- ‘February Fill Dyke, Black or White’...
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21

Jan 16

Our ‘Be a Hop Grower for a Season’ Competition Winner is…

Congratulations Ashley C is the winner of the draw in our 'Be a Hop Grower for a Season' competition. Thank...
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21

Jan 16

Shop is Open

Dropping in to let you know our shop is open for business again.
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12

Jan 16

Ron the Adjustable Spanner ‘Smith’

As we were talking of vintage last time, this might be of interest to any of you out there that...
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5

Jan 16

Vintage Hop Press Revamp

Whilst servicing goes on throughout the year on any farm, winter is the time for repairs or any major maintenance...
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14

Dec 15

Thumb’s up for the ‘brew in a bag’ method for an easy home beer making process

I am now on dangerous ground, as the saying warns ‘Fool’s rush in where Angels fear to tread’,  so this...
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7

Dec 15

Meanderings through Apple Orchards to get to that Glass of Beer!

It was a while ago that this little sequence of events began.  At the beginning of October a friend came to help me pick all...
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30

Nov 15

No Contest – Bracken versus Spotted Orchids – war has been declared!

This particular little field has a very poor grass ley, it is on poor soil but as a result has...
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16

Nov 15

Hop Shop will be closed over the Christmas

In keeping with the last post   and to practice what I preach I have decided to close our hop shop...
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14

Nov 15

Loving our British Seasons

No sun - no moon!  No morn - no noon -  No dawn - no dusk - no proper time...
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be a hop grower for a season

8

Nov 15

Would you like to be a Hop Grower for a Season?

I wanted to mark this first year of A Bushel of Hops in some way - I didn’t want this...
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30

Oct 15

Rough Guide to the History of Preserving Hops by Drying in an Oast House

It is said you should never assume, but living with a hop growing family I did just that and simply...
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fuggle hops

27

Oct 15

The Fuggle Hop that Got Away

Ta da and the mystery item is revealed….   drum roll …… a copper plated hop. My friend Frances Geesin...
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cooking with beer

22

Oct 15

Cooking with Beer

A recipe with beer generally pings off the page to catch my eye - In the Sat Telegraph 26th September,...
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21

Oct 15

Apples and Flint

I visited the Apple Affair earlier this month at West Dean Gardens where I saw this beautiful floor, it reminded...
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19

Oct 15

A Journey from Brewing with Hops to Sewing with Hops

I recently attended a workshop with Amanda Hall of Monkey Buttons and I chose to make a ‘kangaroo’ bag.  ...
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hop bine burning

18

Oct 15

The hop growers year

In the hop gardens this month, an ending to this years hop season and a new beginning both at the same...
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mystery item

12

Oct 15

Mystery Item

I mentioned that I had received 2 gifts both of which were prototypes, the first was my beautiful 1/2 bushel...
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dried hops for home brewing

5

Oct 15

1/2 Bushel Traditionally Dried Hops for Home Brewing

When purchasing a trug you want the real McCoy, sturdy and beautiful, but also supremely practical to use. The genuine...
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Buy Hops from our Hop Shop

26

Sep 15

Hop Shop is Open!

If you want to buy hops that were traditionally grown, specifically for the British craft brewer - Our 2015 hop...
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tea cosy from hop fabrics

25

Sep 15

Sewing with Hop Fabrics

Since my daughter & son in law, Nova & Andy emigrated to live in Australia 15 years ago, Nova has...
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load of cascade hops in the kiln

25

Sep 15

Traditional Charcoal Drying of Cascade Hops

In preparation for this first traditional charcoal drying of the Cascade hops,  locally made charcoal had already been sourced and...
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bushel of hops

15

Sep 15

A Bushel of Hops

A bushel basket full of hops
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15

Sep 15

Colours of September

Bristol Cross Pears Fiesta & Keswick Coldlin Apples
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cascade hops nearly ready for picking

14

Sep 15

Cascade Hops

Cascade hops nearly ready for picking.
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6

Sep 15

Hop Cheese

When I spotted this on the local Deli counter I couldn’t resist this interesting looking hop cheese....
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6

Sep 15

Beautiful but Sad

I have always loved old metal and always have to stop to take a picture if I have my camera...
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21

Aug 15

Brilliant ‘Topsy Turvy’ Business Ethics

The first picking of the ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ beans . The seed is from the Real seed Company. I...
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HOP TILE FABRIC

21

Aug 15

Hops in a Trug – Our New Hop Fabric Range

Here are some of the first pieces of my ‘hoppy’ fabric which have arrived hot off the Woven Monkey printer,...
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21

Aug 15

The First Miniature Hops of the Season

These are the first miniature hops of the growing season. They are Phoenix, so cute, the largest is less than...
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21

Aug 15

The Hop Farm in July

'Till St. James’s Day be done and gone, There may be hops there may be none’ This year has been...
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