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    JMCKG is offline Sprouter
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    Default Potatoes in spent hops & Trial results

    Have a continual supply of spent hops from local brewery. Used as mulch and to help fill new high raised beds.
    I grow my potatoes in buckets with bought compost & council compost, feed etc. Was wondering if I could mix in some of the hops with the compost to save on compost? Would get the hops this year and store till next March/April.
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    Hops and potatoes? Would that make some form of poteen?
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    Have spoken to another allotmenteer who has been using a mixture of spent hops, council compost, home compost, manure & shredded newspaper for the last couple of years with great success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMCKG View Post
    Have spoken to another allotmenteer who has been using a mixture of spent hops, council compost, home compost, manure & shredded newspaper for the last couple of years with great success.
    In all fairness, with that lot, I'd expect the very stones to sprout...

    I can't see any reason why they wouldn't work, but all the above proves is that it doesn't actively harm plants.

    What state are hops in? I'd be a bit worried about attracting rats. Would you be better off adding it to your compost heap over the storage time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    In all fairness, with that lot, I'd expect the very stones to sprout...

    I can't see any reason why they wouldn't work, but all the above proves is that it doesn't actively harm plants.

    What state are hops in? I'd be a bit worried about attracting rats. Would you be better off adding it to your compost heap over the storage time?
    Should have said the guy uses the above but sometimes not all at the same time depending what is available at the time. No measuring just throws stuff in. I will be more accurate and do a few trials this year.
    The hops come soaking wet straight from the brewery. I store them in large plastic barrels with holes in the bottom over winter to dry them out. This should make it easier to mix with the other ingredients, I will use hops only plus feed in a container or two just to see what happens.

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    I would be really interested how your spuds grow In that mix. I’m trying some containers of early potatoes using leafmould and blood fish and bone,maybe with a couple of handfuls of Marshalls vegetable compost. The stuff is stinking out my polytunnel so I think there’s a fair bit of muck in it. So far the best (only edible) potatoes I have ever grown were volunteers which grew in a grass clipping/leafmould mulch in a path.
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    First results are great. Two large pots were failures, 1 with hops only plus some feed and 1 with a mixture of hops, manure, compost. Could be just unlucky with these two. All other 30 odd doing great. Have also used in my tomatoes and peppers all seem ok.
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    I meant to had this to your first post ! when you get your next lot of hops save the residue that runs off for Slug Beer traps !atb Dal.
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