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Thomas Tusser

How to Grow Hops



Whom fancy persuadeth, among other crops.
to have for his spending, sufficient of hops,
Must willingly follow, of choices to choose,

such lessons approved, as skilful do use.

Ground gravelly, and mixed with clay,
is naughty for hops any manner of way;
Or if it be mingled with rubbish and stone,
for drines and barrenness, let it alone.

Choose soil for the hop of the rottenest mould,
well dunged and wrought, as a garden plot should:
Not far from the water (but not overflown),
This lesson well noted is meete (good) to be known.

The sun in the south, or else southly and west,
is joy to the hop, as a welcomed guest;
But wind in the north, or else northly east,
to hop is as ill as a dray in a feast.

Meete plot for a hopyard once found as is told,
make thereof account, as of jewell to gold.
Now dig it and leave it, for sun for to burn,
and afterwards fence it, to serve for that turn.

The hop for his profit I thus do exalt,
it strenghteneth drink, and it favoureth malt.
And being well brewed, long kept it will last,
and drawing abide, if ye draw not too fast.


Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry,
sixteenth century.


Please also visit Old London Maps on the web as many of the maps
and views available there have plans and depictions of gardens from
the medieval period through to the late nineteenth century.

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