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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 1:56 pm 
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I will never doubt the noted S. American 'Global Cooling' Thermodynamics Expert Alberto Gorez Again!

42 Degrees tonight, I wonder how my tobacco will hold up? I covered the nicest 2 or 3 of each variety, so I will cross my fingers. That's 10 degrees colder than the normal low. Doesn't the weather know that Global means EVERYWHERE on earth, and that WARMING means RISING TEMPERATURES?
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Global Warming you say? MAUNDER MINIMUM says 'Alberto Gorez', and he is as right today, as when he started warning the world of the Global Cooling, almost 2 decades ago.

Stay Toasty, because we are having HEATING DEGREE DAYS in the middle of May! I may have to fire my coal stove back up.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 3:47 am 
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42 degrees right now, and amazingly the uncovered plants still look ok, same with my tomatoes.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 5:10 am 
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So I marked all of my containers with an indelible marker, you know PERMANENT, as in never fades away.....uh huh.

Now I have 4 types, all unknown to me. Virginia Gold, TN Burley, Latakia, and Havana. Can you tell which is
which at this stage? Anyone care to take a stab at it? My neighbor said he never saw a white man who liked greens so much... :mrgreen:
I just laughed.

That being said, I think a bit of seasonal weather (WARMER), and these things explode. It's been highs in the low sixties, and lows in the mid forties.
My Yukon Gold potatoes already have blossoms...The Amish stop by and ask ME for gardening tips! 'What kind of manure are you using?'.....
I'll never tell....



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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 3:18 pm 
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Yes you DO have a lot of plants !
They really do look enthusiastic, too !!

PITB to get 'em all transplanted into the dirt, but I enjoy tending them as they get above knee-high.
Harvest time, as you get there, becomes quite a bit of work with 100 plants...
You will be having loads of fun !
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Things are taking off, even though it has been ten degrees colder than normal all month.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
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The larger plants are now waist high, about 3 feet or so. I don't recall growing anything else that grew this fast, these things are incredible.

I did notice that on warmer days, some of the leaves wilt badly and get very shiny, almost wet looking. Is this normal?


I'll post some more pics soon.


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My Tallest plant is now about 4.5 feet. Some leaves are already 18 inches wide. The ones I believe are the TN Burleys are about 3.5 feet.

Flower heads have started to form. It's hard to believe that my tobacco is growing so well in a chilly zone 7.

54 degrees this morning, still about ten degrees below normal.


I have started to harvest some bottom leaves as they are yellowing up. I also ordered some Agribon for flower bags, cheaper than any fabric I could find in my area, even with shipping.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
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Plants are now over 6 feet tall.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:41 am 
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make big bags with the agribon...

If made too small they will split it open !

Guess how I learned that...

About 1 ft wide and a little more tall should leave a loose fitting bag you can tie off with string at the bottom.
Cut off all the buds that begin to form other places.

I have had paper wasps eat a hole into some of my bags that were stretched tight... had to scrap those for possible contamination.

Oh, it's pretty easy to sew up some bags with AGC-15...
Fold it to a rectangle shape, put paperclips on two sides and lock-stitch away... only takes a couple minutes by hand.
Pull the clips as you go along, turn it inside out when done.

You can even use a stapler and forget about sewing !
If staples work for a surgery, they'll work for a few months in a garden.

have fun
rc


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:49 am 
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Thanks RC,

I learned the hard way, all of my bags ripped open, so no seed saving for me this year.

My plants are now up to seven feet tall and still growing strong.

I've been too busy getting ready to move to take any photos.

I'll try to get a few more.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:32 pm 
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Yah, Murphy's Law... sometimes that's how it goes.

All is not lost... if only one was not busted it could be true...
otherwise, any seed generated will still be good to grow, just should not be distributed and associated with the name of any strain.

It's always best to buy fresh seed from a reputable source so we have confidence in what we are growing.

And that's not meant to disparage those members who exchange seeds amongst each other...

Best
rc


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
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nine feet tall and still going strong!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Grow Log 2017
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:47 pm 
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Awesome stand of baccy you got there !!

I like it !

The 17 gauge electric fence wire works good for stringing leaf on, but a roll of twine and stickers also works well.

For air curing, it's about 1/3 the size of the grow needed to hang them in the shade...
I've done it under shade trees, and tents made from clothes lines.
Best
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