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I already have a very light and a very dark pipe stain. I purchased them years ago. The black walnut hulls I removed crushed into a fine, black powder. It stained the margins of my fingernails! (My mother would not have allowed me to eat dinner with fingernails like this.)

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We don't have walnuts here, but I remember about ten years ago encountering them in Ontario, and I was taken aback at the pungent aroma of the green fruits. I was wondering what they smell like when they burn and whether you think it might be an enjoyable flavour.
 

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Most burned nut meat smells like burning fat. I've tested hazel, almond, cashew, peanut and Carpathian walnut. I guess I'll have to dig some of that nasty, black crud that used to be the black walnut husk out of the kitchen garbage, along with a fragment of the inner shell, and do burn tests. My test of pistachio shells revealed that the aroma is pleasant, but so minimal that a fistful of them burning is hardly noticeable.

It takes a nut to burn a nut.

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Bob, your poor fingernail margins made me laugh. Heh Heh. Wait till your driving a 33 year old truck and you thought your mechaniching days were over and end up with grease stain around your nail margins. My mom would freak, heh heh.
My grand dad would say. hell yeah, chip off the old block, I wish I had his knowledge as he was the head mechanic for a major city that started with a 2 man crew to 120 before his retirement.
 

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I combusted some blackened, dried husk from the black walnut, and independently did the same with a piece of the shell. The aromas are pleasant, but no different from burning most hardwoods. So that's a bust for Latakia.

Back to "garden".
For my germination tests of beans (2014), peas (2016) and a particular winter squash, Guatemala Blue (2012), all on filter paper in bags on the seedling heat mat, I once again looked up their typical germination time. Beans and peas take 7 to 14 days to germinate. Winter squash typically take 6 to 10 days. It's now been 4 days, with nothing other than seed swelling. I think the beans and peas have a good chance. They are typically good for about 5 years.

Squash, on the other hand, is said to be viable for up to about 4 years. [2019 - 4 = 2015]. That particular squash is sometimes available as seed from Southern Exposure or from Seed Savers Exchange. These particular seeds were saved from my own planting of them. It produces a two-foot long, banana-shaped squash with a dark orange flesh that is mildly sweet and somewhat nutty. I consume it, after it has been harvested and cured, by lopping off as much of a section as I need to prepare, then just covering the cut end of the remainder with plastic wrap, and storing it in the refrigerator. I found it similar to the Georgia Candy Roaster squash, though the Guatemala seems to store better.

The only reason I'm fussing with the bean and pea seeds is that I purchased larger bags of each, and still have a ton left. If I know their percent germination, then I can plant a suitable number of seeds for my requirements.

Bob
 

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This year, I planted Watermelon and Brussels Sprouts seeds at the same time I planted my tobacco seeds (March 8 & 9) and now have new life popping up all over my seedling nursery. I'm trying to get ahead of last year's slow start. When outdoor planting season arrives, I'll have some nicely developed seedlings to transplant. Or...that's the plan anyway. You never know what mother nature will do.

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Last summer, I had spectacular success with growing Big Beef, F1 Tomatoes. They have the most extensive resistance to tomato diseases of any variety: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt races 1 and 2, Gray Leaf Spot, Nematodes, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Verticillium Wilt. So it takes care of Early Blight (Alternaria), but not Late Blight (Phytophthora infestans). It's a decent size "beef-steak" tomato, with a nice flavor.

Although I enjoy having Roma-type tomatoes, those that I've grown, year after year, manage to attract some disease or other that limits the crop. Just yesterday, I was reading that grafting a susceptible tomato variety onto the rootstock of a resistant variety will increase the resistance of the scion. Also, the grafting process itself tends to increase production (likely because of the grafting's encouragement of earlier blossoming).

So...I have a half-dozen or so Big Beef seedlings going (from purchased seed). I may purchase a few of the easily available Roma transplants locally, when the weather is warmer, and graft at least a couple onto the Big Beef rootstock, while planting a couple of the Romas directly into the garden, as a control.

Bob

EDIT: Johnny's Select Seeds has a clear instruction sheet on top-grafting tomatoes: tomatoes-top-grafting-vigor-disease-resistance-technique.pdf.
 
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I believe the key element required for a successful graft is an identical vascular structure in the root stock and the scion. So, I would guess that you could successfully graft most or all of the members of Solanaceae to one another.

Jalapeñato. Deadly Nightmato. Egg Plepper.

Bob
 

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Blood Loss Was Not Severe: Cleaning-up the Blackberry Patch



The theory of growing everbearing blackberries is that each winter you remove the two year old canes, and prune the one year old canes. I skipped doing that last year. My Prime Jim blackberries are lots of years old--at least 10.

Their state, as of this morning, was a nearly impenetrable wall of armored, interlocking canes (some alive, some dead, some real dead) that crisscrossed one another, and reached out to the sides of the beds with vicious thorns, just lying in wait to rip human flesh. These aren't annoying little raspberry thorns. They are 1/4" to 1/2" hooked beasts that dig deep, and sometimes break off a tiny tip in the skin.

One by one, I extracted the old canes, and tossed them to the side (where they remain). When I was done, I had several embedded thorn tips in each hand, and blood dripping down the back of my hand and onto my fingers. After some handy tweezer work, several scrubs with soap and water, some Neosporin ointment and a band-aid, everything was happy once again.

I really do love the huge blackberries that this bramble patch produces, both early and late summer, but the annual clean-up is always a daunting prospect. Last week, I removed the two levels of old wire from the posts. I'll put on two new stretches of steel wire maybe next week.

Bob
 
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