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Deluxestogie Grow Log 2022

skychaser

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Well, Bobby, what did you do in kindergarten today?

First, we had to walk the tobacco, and tear off some sticky suckers from some of the plants. Then we had to pull-up all the pokeweed plants that came up in our blackberry patch. Then we cut some white, see-through stuff from a giant roll—with real scissors, and stitched two big bags on a sewing machine. We even put name tags on them. After that, we walked the tobacco again, looking for bugs and stuff, then tied a white see-through bag onto the tippy top of one of the plants. That's where it makes flowers. We had to go back inside to get a basket, and then we...um...picked some okra...oh!...and a lot of tomatoes.

It sounds like you had a busy day.

Right before lunch, we cut 135 pills in half with a little pill cutter—one at a time. After lunch, we looked for crummy cucumbers on the vines, and threw them away. Then we hiked out to the mailbox, but there was just a bunch of advertisement stuff. We updated our tobacco grow spreadsheet, and then made a big pot of chicken gumbo, so the okra wouldn't be icky to eat. But cutting up the okra was icky anyway. And we diced celery into tiny pieces, and put a bunch of baby yellow tomatoes into the pot whole.

Wow! That was a busy day!

Later, we read about the chaos in Haiti, and the flooding in St. Louis, where Uncle Ronnie lives. And all by myself, I edited a picture of a big tobacco leaf for my book. Oh, and Mommy, the teacher said I'm supposed to be "retired"—but I don't know that word yet. Is that like tired?

Yes. Do you have any homework?

I'm supposed to write a few more pages in the book...
um... I think maybe you need to start wearing a hat when you are working out in the sun. Just a thought.

I too am working on a book. But I can't finish it until I get a new box of crayons. I am getting a lot better at staying inside the lines though.
 

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I've started priming the bottom leaf of Corojo 99. I'll continue to do that until the remaining stalks are short enough to hang in my shed. Three Machu Picchu Havanas are stalk-curing in the shed, while the two bagged ones (and the two in pots by the porch) have been primed.

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Two bare naked Machu Picchu Havanas in the foreground. Corojo 99 in the background.

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These will be stalk-cut in a week or so.

Bob
 

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The view this afternoon from the shade of my front porch.

It's 85°F today, but not raining. When I went out to crank-up my Oh Deere! lawn tractor, there wasn't even a new mouse nest inside the motor cowling. (I guess the Short-shinned Hawks have full tummies now.) I mowed the areas immediately surrounding the large fallen branch in the front yard, then mowed all the rest of the lawn. While I was mowing, my next-door neighbor came out with a chain saw and his beat-up golf cart, and sawed up the branch into manageable chunks.

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And then he loaded them onto the golf cart, and hauled them to my wood pile. He's a young, strapping man of about 55 years of age.

Bob
 

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This afternoon is a good one to spend in the shade, it's warm out here too. A monsignor in Rome always told me most learned people learned to do the civilized thing, which is to take a summer siesta after pranzo.

Sounds like you got a good neighbor
 

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We received 3" of rain over a two hour period today (in Virginia, not on Mars). First, the strong winds came in. Then over 2" of rain. I looked out the bedroom window, and could see all my tobacco still standing. But now the ground was soaked. When the second storm followed soon after the first, it dumped another inch of rain, and its much gentler winds laid down a half-dozen Corojo 99 plants. As soon as it stopped, I sloshed my way out there, and re-stood the plants, bracing them with a fist-size rock or two at the base. The bed is now all crooked, but standing. Maybe pics tomorrow.

Bob
 

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Post-blowdown Status

From a distance this all looks pretty good.

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Only a few of the Corojo 99 that tipped-over in the storm needed more than just re-standing and tamping the surrounding soil. For those, a rock or two was sufficient to keep them upright again.

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Beneath the happy leaves, some of the stalks are still crooked.

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Below is a view of the center section of my long bed, where Timor-Leste meets North Macedonia. Some of the Prilep tipped a bit, but I just left them that way.

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Bob
 

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Lit only by my overhead, yellow bug light, this was my view late last night, as I sat out on the porch, working at my laptop computer. (The rocket launch in the upper right is just the bamboo clapper sail of a set of bamboo wind chimes.)

This morning, it's the sunlight across the dew-covered pasture that dominates the view. Hummingbirds are the only ones paying attention to the potted tobacco plants. Judging from their elated, tiny chirps, they like my plants as much as I do.

Bob
 

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For the Sake of Pure Science: [clarifying a careless spelling error]

Only about a year to go, to clarify the spelling error. By next summer, I should have cured and kilned and rested and tested this delinquent variety, to confirm whether or not it is Piloto Cubano.

Today, we were expecting a promising ½" of rain by about 1 pm. But the forecast changed to a threatening 2+" of continuous rain over 36 hours. I should mow the overgrown grass. But science—pure science—takes precedent. The least mature of the four "Pieate" plants finally showed signs of maturation of its upper leaf. Time to stalk-cut, and haul to the shed.

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The right tools for the job. The Tyvek tags have been marked and punctured, and the nails inserted in advance.

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There are always a few tempting, trash leaves at the very bottom of the stalk. I've learned to just remove them, and leave them in the dirt. They always end up making the poorest quality leaf, if I bother to save them.

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The pith of a beefy tobacco stalk will become soft as it cures. So the nail needs to be long enough to pass through the pith, and into the opposite wall of the stalk, to prevent the nail from "tipping", allowing the curing stalk to drop to the shed floor. I like roofing nails, but they really don't need a head, so long as the nail is angled sufficiently.

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The 1/8" braided nylon rope below the rafters of my shed has been doing its job for over a decade. Sturdy stuff.

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With their top leaf hanging downward, even these ~4-foot tall plants require 5½-6 feet to clear the floor.

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Bob
 

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Below are 12 of the 42 Corojo 99 plants this year.

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I have primed the lower leaf from the Ainaro, and have it strung in the shed for an air-curing test. The remainder will likely be stalk-cut and sun-cured on the stalk.

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I put in 16 Prilep 66-9/7 plants, but some of the bottom suckers are now taller than the original plants, probably due to having missed the worst of the summer drought. I've already primed the bottom leaf, and sun-cured it. I will end up with a bushel basket full of Prilep.

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Bob
 
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