Another question for our horticultural type friends.
What adverse effects does growing the hops up a fence or the side of a shed have over the free stanning trellice? I have a shed (ala workshop, ala brewery) with a northeren aspect which is a good 4+metre high but am concerned about the radiant heat coming off the shed mid summer (it's cream coloured so does reflect a little heat).
Am I better to build a free standing trellice away from the shed or would a wire standing a little out from the shed but supported by it suffice. I want to give this baby it's best chance at survival but also what is easiest and cheapest for me to erect.
I would think about two free-standing trellises as long & high as you are comfortable with & 4 metres or so apart (it you've got the room for this) both facing north\south as opposed to a trellis against your shed.
1 -- You will have more cones as they will be growing on both (sunny) sides as opposed to hardly any on the south side of a northern aspect.
2 -- The cones will be a lot easier to collect as you will be training them as they grow to join overhead by stringing training wires between the trellises.
3 -- If your shed has guttering there is less chance of dead leaves blocking and\or rusting your gutter & of course, less work & more drinking time for you.
4 -- In time you will have a great shady beer garden next to your shed to make good use of.
Of course, if part of your plan is to cool your shed down in the hot months then a free-standing trellis about 1 metre out from the side of your shed would be ok even if you got less hops.
North\south is the way to go.