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Deluxestogie Grow Log 2021

Cray Squirrel

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All mushrooms are edible. But be careful, some only once! :):)
Hehehehe LMAO
Probably time for a curious person to take a sample into a mycology lab and find out for sure. The Russian Roulette can be exciting but doesn't solve anything but pile up guesses. Personally I wont take a chance of killing my liver.... with a mushroom...bourbon seems a better way.
 

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End of Line

My tobacco growing season is hereby declared over. This afternoon, I stalk-cut my last two Olor suckers, and carried them to the shed.

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These two suckers were serious about growing into something. Below is the cut end of the stalk of the larger of the two. The other was only slightly thinner.

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Twelve days ago, my third Olor sucker unexpectedly dropped over. Despite being shy of adequate maturation, a good proportion of its leaves seem to be coloring.

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Canada Geese

When I sit on my front porch, my view is generally eastward. For several nights now, I've enjoyed the cacophony of migrating Canada Geese, shortly after sunset--while the sky is still a deep blue, rather than black. They come from the northwest. I can hear them nearly 30 seconds before their uncountable numbers begin to come into view. Then the darkening sky is filled with scores of v-formation flights of dozens of geese each. No photo. It's always too dark. I've attempted to estimate the number of individual geese that go by, all at once, each evening. My best guess is between 500 and 1000. (At 7 to 14 pounds per bird, there must be a measurable, downward flow of air as they pass--3.5 to 7 tons of lift.) Invariably, there is always a make-up class of laggards way behind the others, and bringing up the rear of the formations. It takes 60 to 90 seconds for them all to pass beyond my eyes and ears. Then the whisper sounds of evening return.

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My feelings of Canadian honkers are mixed. Had so many at one of my nurseries, named them
This one is Billy..
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and walked among them. At my bacca patch a large flight would pass over my patch. 7 - 14 lb biomass conversion units, feeding all day, heavily bombing all in the flight path. Large leaves bacca had no chance but to stand and be pasted..
At the nursery they wandered around with my tame geese.
I like autumn and the geese..
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OldDinosaurWesH

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Bob:

I was looking at the photo of the mushrooms two pages previous, and based on what I can see, these look like one of the Amanita's. Dig one completely out of the ground and look for what is called a "volvular sac" (spelling?). The base of the mushroom will be mostly or entirely surrounded by a membranous sac. If so, said mushroom is definitely an Amanita, as this is a characteristic of the Amanita family. We have 5 different species in our woods some of which bloom in the fall, and some of which boom in the spring. All are deadly.


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First photo Amanita Pantheria spring blooming & deadly. Second photos King Boletus (Boletus edulis), spring blooming and highly edible but rather bland tasting. The insect larvae swear by them! The King Boletus is the only Bolete that I know of that is edible. We also have several Boletes that bloom in the spring or the fall. I have found King-Boletes up to 8 1/2" in diameter

Now is the season for Chanterelle mushrooms. Mid-October. But Mid-October is also modern-rifle deer hunting season (opens tomorrow). A good outing, but not worth the potential price from a bunch of beered-up hunters. Chanterelle's are very distinctive with their yellow color and cone shape.

And of course, many people are sensitive to mushrooms in general and should stay away from the store-bought kind, let alone the wild one's. A good reference book on mushrooms is "Mushrooms Demystified" by David Arora.

I'm staying home and finishing up stringing and hanging the last of the pre-frost leaf. Turns out, I had nearly a thousand loose leaves to string. A very good year indeed.

Wes H
 

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Yes. Wildlife can be inconvenient for human enterprises. Groundhogs, deer, bears, rabbits, foxes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, vultures, squirrels, chipmunks, moles, ... long list.

Bob

EDIT: re Amanita mushrooms

None are deadly, if you don't eat them.
Canada Geese are a pest in NZ. They create havoc on the winter fooder crops, mainly Maze. The shooting season has been revoked and we can hunt them all year. This has made us somewhat fussy as we now only eat the breast meat. Tasty though.
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Canada Geese are a pest in NZ. They create havoc on the winter fooder crops, mainly Maze. The shooting season has been revoked and we can hunt them all year. This has made us somewhat fussy as we now only eat the breast meat. Tasty though.
Oldfella
Some hunters here hang the entire, guts still in, carcass for some days before cleaning. Yuck..sounds like Peking Duck.
Here they call them "Flying Carp", in reference to a dark fleshed, bony fish that tastes like swamp mud. Fun to bow hunt carp in spring. The best recipe for native hen, works on Canadian geese. Put a brick in a big pot of water, toss in goose, seasonings and after 3 hours take out the goose, throw it away and eat the brick. Bet you've heard that one being from down under. Hehehe
 

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Here they call them "Flying Carp", in reference to a dark fleshed, bony fish that tastes like swamp mud.

I would be willing to bet that when you bow hunt those "flying carp," if you bury them in your garden/baccy patch, your plants would thank you. Fish is usually quite good fertilizer! It used to be common place.
 

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I would be willing to bet that when you bow hunt those "flying carp," if you bury them in your garden/baccy patch, your plants would thank you. Fish is usually quite good fertilizer! It used to be common place.
Prefer horse poop but it's hard to get the hole big enough for a horse so I use dry granular, bottom dressed at 3 inches below roots at planting.
 

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Since I was refilling the Crockpot water today, I took the opportunity to photograph my current, exceedingly laid-back way of kilning.

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As you can see, the large bags are stuffed, and their open ends rolled ourward to keep them open. I improve air and temperature circulation at the periphery by placing a steel, cake drying rack on the floor, and line the walls and door with disposable, perforated, aluminum grilling trays.

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On opening the kiln today, the Crockpot was bone dry, but all the leaf was still in low case. Perfect. After unplugging the power to the Crockpot, and allowing the temp to drop for several hours, the Crockpot was refilled with hot tap water. I've marked my calendar for 4 days from now.

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There's no "there" there.

I decided to plan a straight-shank sitter pipe from a segment of Country Gentleman cornstalk. Below, the cut marks are indicated.

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On opening the closed end that would become the top of the bowl, it looked promising.

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But at the mid-node cut, there is simply little substance to the wall of the stalk.

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This is quite different from the previous, Hickory Cane and Boone County stalks that I've cut for pipe bowls. Even though the interior will be reinforced with a fireproof mixture of 50:50 Plaster of Paris and sand, I suspect this Country Gentleman stalk section (which is from the bottom of the stalk--the heaviest section) may not be worth the trouble of even trying.

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Oh. And there's this one:


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