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#1587401 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 14 October 2018 - 05:42 PM

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(12 + 52 + 80 + 71 + 63 + 142 + 234 + 158 + 91 + 89) + 133  = 1125
 
 

Guess I will drag my plant into the garage tonight. Supposed to snow here tomorrow

I picked the last bucket off mine ripe or not 2 days ago and dragged about 10 nice plants into the garage also. Got down to 32F here last night.

Looks like we'll be right behind you guys. We just dodged a hard frost last night with overnight lows around 38 degrees, and by Sunday they're predicting a solid week of nights in the upper 20s. I hear the fat lady winding up for her aria here boys and girls... [emoji6]

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#1585543 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 05 October 2018 - 10:06 AM

1967g + 93g = 2060 grams... I hit two kilos just before Columbus day. It's cooling off noticeably now and we could get frost any time. Cheers all!300cb5787b9e012321ce585dadbb69ee.jpg

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#1584928 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 01 October 2018 - 02:38 PM



1801g + 78g + 88g = 1967 grams... it looks like I'll hit two kilos for sure before frost hits. The plant's slowing down for sure in the wake of cooler and cloudier weather. These two pulls were each after a few warm and sunny days in a row. There's still green pods on the plant but they're getting smaller too.
Cheers all!3e83857b9a5b0df95c2af3a99cabdf4d.jpg4b5b173d9e0bc82d15a9583ab3b9baa8.jpg

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#1584927 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 01 October 2018 - 02:31 PM

Tiny Rick?

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Heh... you guys are too much. [emoji6]

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#1582866 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 19 September 2018 - 03:59 PM

Picked another 136g + the 1665g subtotal for a new total of 1801 grams.

I'm thinking I should hit at least 2 kilos in the next week or two. Not bad for New England. You folks in the more southerly climes have a bit of an edge in the length of your season, but you still gotta have mad skilz to do as well as some of you have. Good on ya! [emoji106]7a5e2a4ffe8d9b510afb78029a8db713.jpg

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#1582321 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by stickman on 16 September 2018 - 06:42 PM

Hi Rick,
 
Congrats on the huge score at the fair ;)
 
I know one type of Onion I planted is a Walla Walla, and the other is a Yellow, unknown at the moment because it pouring again. I would have to go out and look. Glad they're under the porch roof. 18+ inches since Labor day, and now probably close to 19"s.
 
The fans gave me a chuckle, mainly because I've been there with a "pepper kitchen".

Cheers Scott. [emoji4] Sounds like you're getting the rain we had at the end of August. My onion skins were so wet for so long before I harvested, that they had rotted where they came in contact with the soil. Now I know that I shouldn't leave them out so long when the tops die in those kind of conditions...

The sauce came out well, it was mostly my TS Yellow varieties and Douglahs with a few PDN x Bondas to make it an even 3 pounds of pods. The sauce is so thick I put it in wide-mouthed bottled to make it easier to spoon it out. It has a nice clean pepper flavor and a truly wicked creeping burn. [emoji48]

Next up is making up a triple batch of Jerk Rub tomorrow and packing it into 8 oz freezer containers to put away for the winter.

Cheers all!41c1f4982106f16f672e3439146fca1d.jpg

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#1582195 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by stickman on 16 September 2018 - 07:06 AM

Hi all!

The Wife's away this morning, so I'm making a batch of my "Self Immolation" sauce by roasting 3 pounds of my hottest chiles and as many heads of garlic. When they're nice and soft I'll puree them in a blender with fresh basil leaves, vinegar and salt, and run it all through a food mill before bottling. Last year it made four 7-ounce bottles of sauce, so I expect similar results this time.
Fans going in the kitchen windows blowing out and more windows open on the other side of the house to make a good cross draft! [emoji6]
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#1582142 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by stickman on 15 September 2018 - 08:49 PM

Good stuff there Rick! Actually I planted Onion seeds yesterday ;)

Cool! Which variety did you plant Scott?

I recently picked up a book called "Eating on the Wild Side" by Jo Robinson, that talked about which varieties of common vegetables have the best antioxidant and phytonutrient content, and how best to store and prepare them to preserve those properties. I was pretty surprised to read that the big sweet onions had the least nutritional value. I love southern-fried onion rings made with them as an occasional treat, so I won't stop planting them completely, but will be planting the more pungent yellow storage onions for the bulk of my crop. Scallions are up to 15 times more nutritious than onions but don't store as long. I'll plant a couple blocks of winter-hardy "Evergreen" scallions and harvest as needed through the growing season.

Nice haul on the onions. Maybe one of these years I will get some onions in. When do you plant yours?

And that sauce looks good. I'm still waiting on my artwork for my tomato based batch I just made

I start the seeds indoors about mid-January and transplant them outside when the crocus starts blooming. They can take a light freeze just fine in early spring, and grow bigger and faster from seeds rather than from sets.

We had our county fair last weekend, and I did extremely well this year... 9 first places, 4 second places and 1 third place, as well as best collection of peppers and best of show in the produce category for my Thai eggplants.

The MoA's and TS plants are tapering off here now and the Bhuts are producing the heaviest. I'm also starting to pick Rocotos and Manzanos. I've been drying my Annuum pods in the solar dehydrator but the days have been mostly cloudy or drizzly the last few weeks so I was forced to puree 2 cups of ripe Goat's Weed chiles with salt, vinegar and garlic and freeze it in small containers for use in stir-fries this winter. So far I have a pint of dried Pequins, a quart of dried Tepin crosses, nearly a quart of dried Goat's Weed chiles and fifteen 1-pint jars of pickled Jalapeno rings. The Chinense varieties have backed up to the point that I'm gonna make my "Self-immolation" hot sauce tomorrow to use up the bulk of them.

Take care all... I hope you're bringing in some great harvests this weekend! [emoji16]7abbb58f313b11069f01689936a7e017.jpgfd73295444873470b20be599091e5a7c.jpg225fd60615a23ab90f067716adbbf4ca.jpgc403a90a101b366bc566f5f4414b18cd.jpg178eec095e3af6cb0da159181c08d316.jpg

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#1582125 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 15 September 2018 - 07:34 PM

A couple of small pulls this week.

1547g + 118g = 1665 grams.

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#1581310 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 11 September 2018 - 06:59 AM

 
(12 + 52 + 80 + 71 + 63 + 142) + 234  = 654
 
40,6 F last night ... Frost is coming  :confused:
 

I did not want to hear that... [emoji53] We generally can stretch things out here to Columbus Day, but after that the frost comes when it will.

Things got so dry here the past week that the leaves were wilted and hanging limp until we got a soaking rain yesterday. Here's today's pull...

1333g + 214g = 1547 grams... Woot! I passed my target of a kilo and a half and might possibly make 2 kilos if the weather cooperates. [emoji16]
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#1580595 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 08 September 2018 - 07:29 AM

Today's pull...

1122g + 211g = 1333 grams.

Unless we get some rain soon, it looks like I'll be tapping out at around a kilo and a half. Cheers!b24992f07a5874f9323968ff4dc8c081.jpg

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#1580254 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 06 September 2018 - 05:19 AM

It's been hot and hasn't rained for about 3 weeks so the remaining pods are smaller and are ripening quickly. Here's another 81 grams for a total of 1122 grams... it looks like I'll be pretty much done by the end of next week, barring a few stragglers.
Cheers all!11c40ee9ab22a8ef6deccbd608ab204c.jpg

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#1579857 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by stickman on 03 September 2018 - 10:05 PM

Looking good! I have a bunch that need processed right now too.

Glad to see the season turned out so well Rick! I haven't even thought about doing anything with my earlier harvests other than freezing what LB didn't dry.

Cheers guys! I'm definitely in sauce-making mode with the Chinense varieties, and drying my Annuums in the solar dehydrator. I finished a case of tomato-based sauce with Bhuts today that's incredible on pizza if mixed into the tomato sauce on it. I went out to my Mom's for a cookout today and she sent us home with a little over 8 quarts of blueberries from her bushes. Next up is a batch of my blueberry-based "Moose Breath" hot sauce made with Yellow Brains.

We pulled the last of the pole beans this weekend and removed the plants since we had an outbreak of Mexican Bean Beetles, but on the flip side we picked a wheelbarrow full of sweet onions and half a 5 gal pail of Roma-type tomatoes .

I hope everybody had a great Labor Day!543559d43355d746956d4cac2308bc4b.jpg1711b0bdefba85a1386baa0b6466a6d2.jpg0f4cb64f6cb7580296dd4be25f29a7bf.jpg

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#1578782 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 30 August 2018 - 05:15 AM

A small pull today, but enough to put me over a kilo. [emoji16]

977 grams + 64 grams = 1041 grams194b011f557d11e13f979db93cc2cb68.jpg

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#1578779 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stickman on 30 August 2018 - 05:12 AM



[quote name="Genetikx" post="1578704" timestamp="1535580487"]A squirrel has been eye balling my plant for a while now. Found this about 15' away, hope he had a real bad day.
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ROFL! I'd a liked to have been a witness to its reaction to that pod. [emoji48]




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