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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Hi MAB.

I have never grown in the extreme heat you and your plants face, but would it not be better to water only every couple of days and with more water ?

The plants usually respond with stronger root growth, because water is going deeper into the ground and the plant send the roots deeper while the surface dries out - this would also result in heavier (=better quality) leaves.


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:47 am 
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@ Rusty, I've seen Marie photos and have a very nice crop ... maybe she did not have time to devote to the forum ...

@ permaculturer,
you're perfectly right, it's just a matter of organization: I have to give water early in the morning and 1 liter of water for each plant is very challenging (there are 50 plants) ... I do not have time to give 2 liters ... today anyway it is raining!!


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:43 am 
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FLOWERS !!

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Hello people, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 , 205 days have passed since planting my plants and the garden has flourished 50% ... :D

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In this view you can see the difference between the Garden B (the tallest) and the Garden A (the lowest one) because the transplants were not all the same day (I had serious problems with germination this' year!).

Garden B

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These plants are on the 16th, 17th, and 18th weeks after the transplant, and the heights vary from 200cm to the largest to 170cm the smallest.

Garden A

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These plants are at the 16th week after transplantation (day more or less), and the heights vary from 180 cm to the largest to 150 cm smaller. Among other things, this field is attacked by one or more moles and at least three plants have had damaged roots.

Harvesting:
As you can see from the photos I have already started harvesting: all the leaves in the lower stem have been harvested and have already cured for the color. I also did a bit of harvesting the leaves of the middle stalk and I will still have two or three rounds of harvest.
The leaves of the high stem I harvest with the stem and hang them with the stem in the cellar, as I did all the years past.

Yellowing
I'm doing the yellowing on piles because it's not so hot and the mass of tobacco releases heat. I'm not turning the leaves every day but every three days and I do not see mold ... until now in a week the leaves are ready to hang to dry.

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Virginia Sun cured

Again this year I put the yellow leaves to dry in the sun (when there is the sun, here is autumn) because last year Virginia was remarkable (but I do not know if it was out of the sun)

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The Samsun, on the other hand, picked it up with the whole stem and I'll talk to him in the next post.

Goodbye!


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:12 pm 
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I envy those gold leaves.
But MAB... you live close to a Canal. Its full of Water.
Come on!
there are pumps on youtube.
I have several 12 v pumps from youtube, I empty boats, tarps or ponds with them.
They are cheap and worth while,


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:42 am 
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Jens, the golden leaves it's easy to have them, just put the tobacco in a pile (then they get dry and become hazelnut).
The water of the river: this season I needed it because we had a very safe summer! It's never rained!
But first I should do the analysis of this canal water, my neighbor uses it for the vegetable garden and never has a good harvest! He says that once there were fish, now there is nothing more, just a few crazy carps.
But my priority now is to eliminate moles and / or rats that dig tunnels and ruin roots of plants.


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:50 pm 
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oh, sorry. I hadnt seen that you said the Water in the Canal was polluted. Thats a great shame.


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:34 am 
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Hello Everyone, the end of last week has completed the blooming!

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All after 212 days of sowing! Sic!
However, I thought it would be a disaster and instead with the mild autumn we are having huge plants, we are around 180/200 centimeters ...

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Meanwhile, I selected the seeds capsules, few but good:

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However, I also sacked another plant because the one from which these seeds eventually came to know I got sick, was too yellow in the apical leaves ...

Samsun curing

So since I do not want and time to treat the Samsun so small leaves in a traditional way, I decided to treat it with the whole stem (which would be Burley's traditional cure).
So, once it's blooming, I cut my stem at the base, put it a couple of days in the shade in a wet area (like under an open-air shed) and then hanging in the sun:

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And as for magic, slowly the green leaf is colored with a beautiful reddish brown:

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And here's the end result:

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there was an advertisement in Italy saying: "Tell him with a flower"

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Goodbye :D


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:57 am 
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Hi everyone, Sunday 5 November I can say cultivation ended, after about 220 days from sowing!

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Seeing the garden so empty comes melancholy

Now, all harvest is at home: the low stem leaves are already curated and canned:

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The top leaves I am curing hanging in the basement left attached to the stem:

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It is a system that I started cultivating the first time, in 2014, I was advised by Rustycase (thanks amigo!) And I have always found it well.

Instead, the leaves harvested from the middle stem, I am curing them into piles and then also hanging in the cellar under a plastic towel.

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However, they are not so good to me, many leaves, in the end become yellow and brown, like creamy-chocolate ice cream :-)

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Goodbye!


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 Post subject: Re: MAB 2017 (Annus Horribilis)
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Wow, nice crop ! I am at the end of the season, too. I 'll have more than last year.
The Bursa leaves seem to take a long time to cure. Maybe, not enough heat? But Virginia and YTB are curing great and no problem with mildew this year. I have started to smoke the dried and cured YTB : beautiful colour and nice taste, milder than the Virginia.
And the last plants in the garden all got frozen....well, that's OK, I have enough boxes stored !


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