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#1560761 2018 - The Farm

Posted by cone9 on 17 June 2018 - 05:13 PM

Yes there were many laughs around the campfire that night. Right up until I realized I pitched my tent over a patch of earth that was plum full of chiggers. HORRIBLE night. 


The next morning I stripped down, and washed my legs with kerosene, to get the bastards off me. Then I dribbled it on my boots, soaked a couple spare socks in it, and tied those around my ankles. About all you can do out in the middle of nowhere. Ticks, chiggers, etc don't like the smell of fuel, they'll stay off of you. 




It's good your wife was not along on that trip.  Wive's don't like the smell of kerosene on their men either.

#1560595 Pepper People are the Best

Posted by cone9 on 17 June 2018 - 07:15 AM

The Warrant Man strikes again. I found this Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol patch amongst todays mail. 



It makes a great pair with the Harbor Patrol patch he had sent me earlier. 



So bloody cool, and unexpected, I can't thank you enough WM. 




Reggie is going to have a bunch of us collecting these things (or maybe a few of us "impersonating a police office" !)

#1559737 TheGreenChileMonster Ferments Some Sauce

Posted by cone9 on 13 June 2018 - 06:59 AM

It's the biggest batch I've ever made at once. Thankfully it came out just right. I did have to make a dash to the John from eating 10-12 spoonfuls of it while testing the sauce along the cooking process😫 I probably shouldn't have eaten so much sauce on an empty stomach, while drinking beer.

I may make a more mild, all Pubescens sauce in a few weeks, to clear out my freezer, and the remainder of the Pube mash from last season


Way too funny!    Perhaps you should call the sauce "Beer Run" - but best to not explain the name on the label.


Fantastic ingredient list.  When I retire, I'm moving down the street from you so I can follow along on your shopping forays.


Don't you just love envisioning your sauces and then making it happen with a bit of guidance from your memories of previous sauce efforts?

#1558157 My wife is mad at me. Ghost peppers were involved.

Posted by cone9 on 05 June 2018 - 08:33 PM

About 2 or 3 years ago I bought separate cutting boards/knives and grill grates.  Since then no problems.  :)

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 

I trust you keep them in a lock box with only one key...the one in your pocket!

#1557849 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by cone9 on 04 June 2018 - 12:33 PM

Fantastic harvest!  Looking at all those tomatoes makes me tired just thinking of all the work to process them.  Thank God I don't have a harvest coming like that!



Antep Aci Dolma? 

Never heard of it. 

Looked it up. 


Scott, if you can, save me some seed!


#1557848 Plants in full sun throughout the day

Posted by cone9 on 04 June 2018 - 12:23 PM

Given your elevation and latitude, (712 ft & 44.77) I see no reason the mid day sun should bother your peppers at all once they are acclimated to being outside.  Make sure they don't dry too much on the really hot days.


I give mine as much sun as I can (880 ft & 40.52).

#1557273 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by cone9 on 01 June 2018 - 07:36 PM


I retire in a year and a half. And I may have some good consulting options on my plate, if that's what I want to do. But right now I dunno. If I do decide to do some sort of Ag related endeavor, it would have to be worth my time. And that requires some research and thought ;)


...and I can hear your theme song:


"peppers, sagebrush, rosemary and time"    think Simon and Garfunkel

#1557019 Sauerkraut

Posted by cone9 on 31 May 2018 - 08:05 PM

One of these, the second time.   Probably just dumb luck because with decent sanitation (and even without) sauerkraut should be a slam dunk!


#1556980 Plants in full sun throughout the day

Posted by cone9 on 31 May 2018 - 04:11 PM

Quick question. Temperatures here usually top around 30°C (85°F) at this time of year. I can place my pepper plants so that they get full sun from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM (approximating, might be less than this). So should I? Are there things to worry about, like UV and whatnot? Cheers.

I think what you are asking is if it is OK to plant them in an area with full sun all day long.


After they are acclimated, as per the suggestions above, it is find for them to be in full sun all day.  Some varieties, like C. pubescens, may do best with some scattered sun for part of the day.  In general I think they prefer a slightly cooler environment.

#1556928 Sauerkraut

Posted by cone9 on 31 May 2018 - 12:11 PM

I love sauerkraut!   It's so simple to make that both my attempts ended with Kahm yeast and were tossed out.  Dammit!


'bout time I give it another go.

#1556793 My wife is mad at me. Ghost peppers were involved.

Posted by cone9 on 30 May 2018 - 06:33 PM


Anyways, I just wanted to add that I´m still growing from seeds you sent me; those were much appreciated!!!



You are more than welcome.  I have sent out, and received, so many seeds over the past five years.

The THP community is a special place.


If you see I have anything else you'd like, Rob, feel free to ask.


Sorry, off topic again!  :P

#1556790 Hi there from southern Italy

Posted by cone9 on 30 May 2018 - 06:24 PM


You mentioned lovely places to visit :)

On Milan I gotta say there's not that much to see a part from the Cathedral and few other things, but if get there drop me a line and I'll suggest you some nice places where you can eat and drink good stuff. Also a couple hours on a train from there you get to Bologna which is really worth visiting ;)

I spent a month in central Italy in 1977 - stayed in Rome, Florence and Orvieto with bus trips out to Sienna, Bologna, Pisa, Tivoli, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and a train to Pompeii.  I was studying art history while in college.   The art professor who took our group knew Italy like the back his hand.  It was an amazing trip.  The entire trip - transportation, lodging and food - cost $850.


In October, 2016, I took my wife to Italy to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  Our daughter and a couple friends accompanied us.  We were is Florence and Rome.  We had a great trip and wonderful weather (it did cost a bit more than 1977!!).

There is so much to see - so much history behind the region.

The US is so young that buildings here are revered for their age when they are two hundred years old.  In Rome, below the Basilica of San Clemente we walked on the very stone floors where people lived and worshiped over 2000 years ago!


I am in the process of planning another trip in about a year with my wife, three kids and daughter-in-law.   Rome to Florence to Milan, maybe a bus tour out of Florence to Sienna, San Gimignano and Pisa.  Bologna would be right on the way via the train.  Perhaps, I will look into a day/night there as well.   I am only planning one day to visit Milan - really just to satisfy my desire to see The Last Supper in person.  It looks difficult to arrange for tickets to insure we could get in on the one day we would be in Milan.


I would appreciate your insights and would like to contact you from time to time if you don't mind.

#1556772 My wife is mad at me. Ghost peppers were involved.

Posted by cone9 on 30 May 2018 - 05:17 PM

...and wood doesn't trash the edge on a quality blade.  

#1556632 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by cone9 on 30 May 2018 - 07:57 AM


Sheesh, I can't keep up with what I have around here...lol


Actually, we own 20 acres out here. I wish I could come up with a low maintenance crop that would make me some $$$ :D


One thing that loves it out here is Rosemary. That plant was made for the semi desert.


Well, there you go!  Dry it up and send it out(don't know if there's any money in it though).


Great picks.  Love seeing you fine success this year. Scott - feel good, huh?  I'm patiently impatiently waiting for my time to come!

#1556628 My wife is mad at me. Ghost peppers were involved.

Posted by cone9 on 30 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

At least you didn't forget about chopping peppers and give her some finger action a few hours later. THAT pisses 'em off! Lol


...aaahhh...if I had made this post, I'd be thinking I wish I hadn't and ask The Boss to delete it for me.  But that's just me.


Unless, of course it was an "Ambien Tweet" - then I should be forgiven for the crude judgement.