4 years ago, I planted some hop rhizomes. For a reason unbeknownst to me, it was an epic fail. Ever since then, I've been meaning to give it another try, but never got around to ordering new rhizomes in the spring (the only time of year they are available).
This weekend, I was browsing the garden center at my local Fred Meyer and was surprised to see hop plants. This was the first time I've ever seen hops for sale in plant form. I figured that was a sign that it was time to give my hop garden another try.
For $8, I picked up a Willamette variety (the only type they had) and planted it in the sunniest spot of my backyard next to my kids' play structure. That should give both the hops and my kids something to climb on. With some sun, water, and a little good luck, maybe it'll produce a few cones this fall! We'll see.