I wasnâ€™t sure that the hop would survive the winter outside, even in the pot. But thereâ€™s one sprout a fingerlength long, and another just starting to poke through. I guess that means I should get around to cutting the old vines down now, and figuring out a better way to support it this year. I was thinking about putting the pot in the corner of the patio, and then stringing lines from the mast to the house so the hop could make a kind of shade over that corner; we shall see.
I still have yet to cut out last yearâ€™s dead growth. Part of it is because Iâ€™m lazy, and part of it is because I didnâ€™t want to just throw them in the trash but I didnâ€™t have anywhere else to put them. Branches I take to the brush pile at the recycle center, but I feel bad dumping stalks and things there; not sure why.
But I have a compost bin nowâ€” or rather, I will have it as soon as the battery finishes charging and I can use the drill again. Which gives me a place to put all my yard and food scraps, so I donâ€™t feel quite so bad about putting them down the garbage disposal or in the trash.
Later today I plan to start some leek and chile seeds. I should have started the leeks earlier, but I canâ€™t count. Oh well; if theyâ€™re late, theyâ€™re late. I donâ€™t have a place to put the seedlings at the moment, anyway.