Summertime at Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm is spent outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, peaceful bush lands, gorgeous beaches and the serenity of the Blackwood River. Whilst guests are busy exploring the surrounds we at Karridale Hop Farm are busy working hard making sure our hops will be ready for harvest from February through to late March. Much time is spent throughout the summer strolling through the hop yard winding young tender hop shoots up the drop strings tha
Happy New Year! With the longer days and warmer conditions of the new year comes exponential growth in the hop yard! Our young hop bines are progressing well up their trellising with some varieties already setting flowers and cones. We continue to hand weed and mulch the rows within the hop yard and our drip irrigation schedule has changed to address the dry, warmer conditions. We have had some craft beer enthusiasts participate in a private hop yard tour too which has been a
Spring is one of our favourite times of year as nature comes out of hibernation and plants begin to germinate and emerge with fresh green shoots. As a new hop yard, we are waiting anxiously for our first new shoots to come out of the ground to nuture and support them as they grow into full maturity this summer. Well our wait is over - it's officially spring in the Hop Yard. The first shoots have emerged from our newly mounded plantings and they have started their annual climb
The first phase of the Karridale Hop Farm has been constructed! We'll be planting our first rhizomes over the coming weeks with hop varieites including Cascade, Chinook, Perle, Nugget, Goldings, Cluster, Hallertau and Fuggles, of course (we had to, our chocolate labrador is named Fuggles). Phase one is the first of a three phase construction program. We're planning to expand over the next three years as we learn more about what varieties grow well in our south west region. Mo
As proud new owners of 'The Cottages' we're making some big changes to ensure your stay is a memorable one. As our new name alludes to, one of the biggest changes on the horizon is a Hop Farm. This winter we'll be constructing the hop yard in anticipation of a spring planting of eclectic hop varieties. We hope to have our first hop harvest in late summer 2016.
We'll be blogging about our progress in the hop yard over the winter months so make sure to follow us if your inter