Hops

If anyone remembers earlier this grow season my hop plant nearly died on me.  However, it is back with full strength.

Hops are used to bitter beer.  I found this link that provides information on hops and uses.  It is getting about time to get the Brown Bottle Brewery up and running again.  Stay tuned for pictures of the brewing process.  I thinking in about two weeks I should have a batch going.

 

Here is a picture of my plant producing buds.  They should double in size before harvesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off to the Muff to cook for the people. Check this song out from Trampled By Turtles.  Go Duluth MN!

Koom’s Garden Patio 7/24/12

Welcome back, welcome back!!

Here is a picture of what had happened in the last couple of weeks.

Basil is looking good.  This is just two plants that have took off.  When the basil starts to flower I cut off the tops and feed them to my worms!  It smell great and is awesome in salads.

My Swiss chard is out of control.  I cut some off about 2 weeks ago to eat.  It just keeps coming back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am starting to get lots of tomatoes.  I have two different species .  One on the rights is a pea size heirloom tomato.  On the left is a cherry heirloom. I got these seeds from a buddy from work.  I always save some seeds from the year before.  

My hop plant on the left came back from death.  Maybe I will get some flowers soon!!  That’s all from Koom’s Patio!

Update On Koom’s patio Garden

Going for back to back post. Got a call from Paul yesterday so here we go.

All of my plants are growing well in the pots.  I fertilize once a week.  Here are some pictures.

My Basil is growing well and smells great.  Unfortunately I had four plants going but two died.

 

 

 

Small pot of mixed lettuces.  This is the second time I tried growing lettuce this season.  The first batch was eaten my small green grubs!!

 

 

My pepper plants are in the background.  There are tons of budding flowers.  Hopefully we will get some peppers.  I got the seedlings from a friend from work, so I do not remember what types they are.  In front of the peppers are multiple plants of swiss chard.

The tomato plants are growing in a hurry.  Lots of small flowers starting to bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hop plant is really taking off!!  Starting to train it to go left up the string.  Its hard to see but there are two more strains starting to grow on the right.  Below is a picture of the whole garden.  That’s all for know.  Off to go camping on the North Shore with the kid and wife.

Kooms Garden – Introduction to my Patio Garden in MN

Agridude - Kooms Patio GardenMy name is Brian and I live in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.  I have a small patio that I have been growing a few plants on since I moved into this condo two years ago.  I am a chef at Muffuletta in the Park in St Paul MN.  My co worker and I have saved some heirloom tomato seeds and sprouted over 200 this year.  I gave six seedlings to another Agridude, Sam, for his work garden.  I also have two on my patio, along with hops, basil, thyme, and some lettuces and spinach.  I haven’t grown hops before but I do brew my own beer so I am hoping to get some off of this plant so that I can use it in my beer.  I am trying to start a micro brewing company called Brown Bottle Brewery.  I will be blogging this season to show what I am able to grow.

These pictures are from May 12th.  Paul was in town and we had a perfect early summer day to hang out and catch some rays while having some brews.  We invited some of our friends and Paul’s family over to hang out too.  Here are some pics:

Agridude - Tomatoes and HopsThe two pots closest to you are my tomatoes.  I am growing two heirloom tomatoes that we sprouted from the restaurant.  I can’t remenber what types they are, but I know they will be small cherry like tomatoes

I made the trellis by myself to grow the hops on.  I bought the root from my local home brewing store  and I was told to only let two sprout.  One of them did not make it so next year I’ll try something different.  These are supposed to grow 2 feet per week so I should have some great updated photos for you guys in a few weeks.

Agridude - Lettuce Spinach HerbsHere are some other planters that I planted lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme and two peppers.  I started these from seed as well.  My wife won a small green house at a work event raffle.  I am looking forward to having these at my disposal for cooking at home and work.

 

 

Here is a picture of Paul’s cousin Andy and our other friend Wyman playing bags/cornhole in the side of my yard.

Agridude - Cornhole