Green Workshop - Natural Living. (pix galore)

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  1. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    When I lived smack dab in the middle of town, I grew tomatoes everywhere I could. In pots, between the rose bushes....anywhere. But yeah, a full garden is tits man. My wife and I eat mainly fresh veggies (80-90% of our total diet).
    Today, I have to run an electric fence. The racoons are starting to eyeball all those grapes. Them damn critters will desimate all the grapes in one or two nights without some form of deterance to dissuade them. I worry about Maxcat getting zapped. He'll probably only touch that hotwire once.
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    For now, I just do a CSA box to cover my vegetables. It forces me to eat a shitload of them and I get to be creative since the produce changes every week. This is what I received this week.

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    Last week, ended up with some obscene amount of tomatoes so we made sauce from 100% fresh ingredients. I even picked the basil from my garden (which is about all I'm allowed to have here).

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    The stove inside couldn't handle the quantity I was making so I had to fire up the outdoor burner. I can't wait to move into a place that will let me have a PROPER garden, though...
  3. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Damn, that looks good!
    When our tomatoes start coming on strong, it's going to be a shitstorm of produce. We'll can some, freeze some and make a ton of tomatoe juice. i'm lookingg at a bumpercrop of green beens right now. nice thing about them, just put them in freezer bags and freeze them strait from the garden. Unlike most things to freeze, I don't even have to blanch them. I just rotated out the spinach, beets, carrots, radishes, red spuds, onions and garlics. next to come out is the russet potatoes and sweetpeas. getting readty to start the cabbage, brocoli, cauliflower and another batch of spinach,
    radish, and carrots for late fall/early winter harvests. This doesn't even count all the grapes, apples, prunes, and winter squashes up in the orchard. This gardening thing can keep a person busy.
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    beats me how you learn to do all this wiskas.. but its amazing.. keep up the work! your the man
  5. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I only spend1/2 my internet time surfing for porn :wink:
    Seriously though, alot of trial and error.
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    thought so like all things in life... trial and error seems to be fun.. but too costly for me.. :(
    i may be mistaken.. but did you not come with IDB originally?
    hmmm so if i send you a blowup doll... what will happen to it is the real question..
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    One word: "animatronics!" :lol:
    I didn't coin the "IDB". But the very first time it appeared, I instatly knew what it meant. :-k. After being here 3-4 years, I got the hang of the way this place swings :wink:.
    Most of what I learned in life, I learned by finding out what not to do.
  8. mistawiskas

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    Whoah!!! greenbeans!
    First picking of bluelake bushbeans (and this is only half of them):
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    Nice, I love green beans.
  10. mistawiskas

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    Yes, the bluelake bushbeans are some of the highest yielding veggies I've ever planted.
    The rest of the garden is doing well. even though the growing season is cattywompass as hell.
    We're on our second plantine of radishes, beats and spinach and have prepared space for the fall/winter stuff like cauliflower, broccolli, cabbages
    and 2nd round of carrots. I'm trying to have fresh veggies year round and am coming up with an adequate way to heat the greenhouse for tomatoes and cellery.
    The seed collecting has begun with lettuce, snap peas and chard. it looks like there's going to be a bumper crop of seedless grapes so i'm fashiobning a solar dehydrator for drying raisins and prunes.
    I had to suck it up and run an electric fence because the racoons were starting to give me grief and began knocking down corn and shit. They totally raped the grapevines last year. max found out of the joys concerning electric fense very quicly. he slaps the piss out of the wires when he knows it's not on.
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  11. mistawiskas

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    I got the hole dredged that I was working. it turned from a 4" depth, to over 4' in the hollows of the bedrock.
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    Now it's on to the next hole. I'm curious to see how deep this'll turn out to be. I have a little over a month until i have to shut the dredge down until next June.
    There's a big portion of the year that we cannot dredge or disturb the salmonid (steelhead and trout, etc) habitat. I'm OK with that, i protect my native trout with a vengence.
    I found a kormorant in that pool last night, attempting to catch my young trout. I just about nutted up on that damn bird. if it haddn't been a protected species, I'd have gotten out the 12 guage. Some of my trout are 6-8' long. Most are landlocked when the water gets too low.
    Dredging created pools deep enough to stay cold for them. They love it.
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    This is sure an awesome way to cool off in the 95+ degree heat.
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    sweet stuff. I wish I had my own swimin' hole :p
  13. mistawiskas

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    Even found a bit of color :wink: not enough to make money, but enough to add some excitement. Dude, you'd love mining.
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    lol ^

    man, this thread is awsm! I have to go through all the pages soon. That pot of tomato sauce is making me hungry... man, I love vegetables.

    We have a bunch of fruit trees and 2 blueberry plants I got last year when I worked at Lowe's (outside garden was my favorite)
  15. mistawiskas

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    yeah, that tomatoe concoction is making me drool :wink:.
    I have a ton of romas growing. i doubt i'll have time to can them all. That is why i scored a juicer :).
    I'm looking forward to fresh tomatoe juice.
    Today, I'm building a solar dehydrator for......................................................raisins!
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    ooh! you could make tasty veggie "chips"! I got some from a local shop and it had lots of different stuff like green beans, sweet potatoes, and maybe carrots. I'm not sure, but it was good so I'm going to get more sometime.
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    I was hoping for some apple and pear chips this year. But a late frost took out most of the blossoms and what blossoms made it, there were no bees around to do the pollinating. Most of the pollinating that took place was done by humming birds. There are very little of any fruit with the exception of some peaches, this year.
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    I have a question wiskas, would it be a good idea to till some ashes from my bonfire pit into the garden for fertilizer for next year?
  19. mistawiskas

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    yesss! It controls any fungus dissease in the soil, it provides the soil with nitrogen and potasium. All my woodstove ashes go into the ground. the practice was paramount in providing the inca and other native to peru tribes with fertile soil to grow their crops in. just make sure there are no chemicals or toxins in your ash and you're good to go.
    The proof is in the pudding, this is my harvest for the last two days. Every other day I get this amount or more:
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    Do you have any problems with insects/bugs eating away at your food?
  21. mistawiskas

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    Yup. Mainly on the leafy crops. A fine mist of tobaco tea works to keep them a bay. I'm checking out natural plant pesticides for next season. I know of a few things to plant but they only work on a few types of pests. The unburned parts of the pipe tobaco I smoke (dregs at the bottom of the bowl) soaked in water overnight makes a brown tea that works as good, if not better than dursban. All I need do for the strawberrys is to keep them from contacting the ground and there's no problems. I use a quarter cup of vegetable oil in the bottom of small cat food cans as traps for earwigs and that works real good.
    These are the pests that can cause the total failure of a garden:

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  22. mistawiskas

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    Well, like I posted in another thread, the tobaco is cut. The weather has been a little drizzly and damp, so I put it in the greenhouse to dry a bit. from there I'll pull the leaves as they ripen (yellow) and form them into 'hands' for curing. There's a bunch ready to do now so i'll be out pulling leaves and handing them up for hanging today.
    This'll produce about 20-25 pounds of dried tobaco ready for aging.

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    The greenhouse is ideal for curing. i can control the heat and humidity to prevent mold from taking hold of the leaves.
    With harvesting and preserving the garden produce, starting a new business, maintaining my mom's place as well as the gardens/crops,
    recreational mining, then strait into hunting season, I have not had much time to update this blog. It's been heptic as all get-out these last few months. never a dull moment :wink:. I kinda look forward to things slowing down, although i have a ton of projects stacked up in the shop waiting for me to do.
  23. mistawiskas

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    I ended up with 42 hands of tobaco. Street value for finished product in the neighborhood of $500-$550. This'll save some bux next year. Self reliance encompasses everything :wink:
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    Then, when it's cured, flavored and dried, I'll pack it in a bowl I carved just for the ocasion.
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  24. MSP

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    Hey Wiskas, when that tobacco is dried you interested in selling any of it? I think you could made a decent side business, I for one would be interested.
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    I think the ATF might have some problems with that. LOL