When dreaming of your upcoming hop harvest, be sure to check some of your expectations. The first year you won't get too many hops; the plants need at least a year before they reach peak yield. And you're not going to be harvesting Simcoe or Amarillo, for example, because those varietals are patented and the rhizome is nigh-impossible to buy on the open market. (If you wish to circumvent IP, that's your business--we don't want to hear about it). Instead, pick varietals that are in the public domain, such as Fuggles, Centennial or Cascade. It's something of a pity that winter took so long to leave (I sure as hell wasn't thinking about digging in frozen ground even two weeks ago), as there aren't that many hop rhizomes currently for sale. But a bit of judicious googling will find you some rhizomes up for grabs. If you strike out completely, you might want to use this summer to explore building the hop trellis, then pre-order your rhizomes for delivery next February. Once you have those hops in hand, you'll be one of the lucky few capable of brewing "wet hopped" or "fresh hopped" beers--that is, using hop cones in your brew within a few hours of the plants being harvested.