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Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink To That

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Hops growing at the Hazelwood Y are tended to by Hanna Mosca, garden program director of the Pittsburgh YMCA. A flag pole, not pictured, holds up the hops at the other end of the trellis system. HOLP helped to plant 15 second-year hop rhizomes of the Magnum variety. Pete Bell

“There is nothing like watering plants two feet from a fairly busy road,” says Bell, referring to the hops sprouting up along Stanton Avenue.

By Meg Thompson
Modern Farmer
August 8, 2016

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“Typically in large commercial hop farms, the trellis system is around 20 feet high. We are going with half the height for several reasons,” says Bell. “A 20-foot-high trellis system is not very aesthetically pleasing to your neighbors. And we also need to be able to harvest these hops. It is much easier to harvest when the plant is 10 feet high rather than 20. That way we really do not need any special equipment.”

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NRS Healthcare encourages more people to start gardening no matter their age or ability

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Only 62% of people aged over 65 are involved in gardening.

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To find out whether gardening is a pastime that the older generation already enjoy, NRS Healthcare surveyed 503 people over the age of 65 in the UK asking “Do you garden?” 62% answered that they do.

NRS Healthcare felt that the health benefits of gardening, which include the following, are so far reaching that they should encourage more older people to take up this relatively easy activity:

The number of disabled people in the UK is at just over 10 million. Gardening is a simple exercise that can help to build strength and encourage better physical health gently.

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