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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 9:56 am

hiya folks things are starting to look interesting at the BigCasino Plantation
here is a pic of my toebacky plants and my gorgeous gardener, she is the one who desreves all the credit! she works so hard in our gardens and does most of it organically if possible. and so far this year everything has been chemical free!

here they are in July

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and here they are in August

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hopefully everything works out and I get to smoke some of this stuff!
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Richard Hester
Author of "My Love My Pipe"
Richard Hester

Age : 53
Location : missouri
Registration date : 2009-08-12

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 10:52 am

Wow!!! they really look good great job.
Best Regards
Richard
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Briar Spirit

Briar Spirit

Age : 51
Location : England UK
Registration date : 2012-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 12:18 pm

Aaaaaaaarrrrggh, it's the Triffids, holy moly, they grew up good n fast, some excellent Toebacky Husbandry going on right there, that is awesome green fingers, how long do you have to cure it before you can smoke it Harry?
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 12:40 pm

Kirk Fitzgerald wrote:
Aaaaaaaarrrrggh, it's the Triffids, holy moly, they grew up good n fast, some excellent Toebacky Husbandry going on right there, that is awesome green fingers, how long do you have to cure it before you can smoke it Harry?
Thanks Kirk and Richard,

Kirk if i let it cure naturally I have read anywhere from 8 months to a year but I also hear you can speed up the process by making a "kiln" which is kind of like a cupboard with an electric crockpot filled with water to heat and moisturize the leaves and that will speed up the curing process
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huffelpuff

huffelpuff

Age : 49
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 1:10 pm

Looking good Harry! Just watch out for mold when your curing them I lost my only batch to the creeping green crud. It was a sad day when I mulched that.

Jim
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monbla256

monbla256

Age : 74
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 1:29 pm

Looks good ! What variety did you plant? Burley, or a Virginia?
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 1:32 pm

I have 5 or 6 burley and about the same in a maryland variety a couple of virginias and a couple orientals

I know Mon not enough VA's for you huh?
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monbla256

monbla256

Age : 74
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 2:07 pm

Sounds like a nice mix to try. When my family up in NC grew Virginia Brightleaf and some Maryland (which is really a variety of Burley), they never mixed the two in the curing barns, Va's went with Va's and the Maryland w/ Maryland. Of course they gerw much bigger quantities of tobacco than you have so it probably doesn't matter all that much for you. Razz
BTW, did you do your ladies Tat work. It's very nice !
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 2:10 pm

monbla256 wrote:
Sounds like a nice mix to try. When my family up in NC grew Virginia Brightleaf and some Maryland (which is really a variety of Burley), they never mixed the two in the curing barns, Va's went with Va's and the Maryland w/ Maryland. Of course they gerw much bigger quantities of tobacco than you have so it probably doesn't matter all that much for you. Razz
BTW, did you do your ladies Tat work. It's very nice !
Probably not, as I have just a few plants as long as i don't get confused and mix them up i would think i should be ok
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millerman

millerman

Age : 44
Location : Dry Fork, VA
Registration date : 2013-02-01

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 3:09 pm

Awesome plants. The weather here has been so wet and not enough sun that the backy on the farms don't look as good this year. But yours is quite nice. hope it smokes good fer you.
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Kyle Weiss

Kyle Weiss

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 4:33 pm

I do reviews for tobacco on smaller operations, just so you know. I love you

I was proud to try some of Mark's home grown, and it was an eye-opening experience.

Any idea how you're gonna dry/cure the crop come harvest time, BC?

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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Aug 11, 2013 4:53 pm

mostly air cured but i might build a small kiln and try a tad of flue cured and I have a smoker so i have to do some fire cured
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Kyle Weiss

Kyle Weiss

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyMon Aug 12, 2013 1:49 am

I like the way you think! Very Happy
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Dutch

Dutch

Age : 54
Location : On the road.......
Registration date : 2010-11-06

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyMon Aug 12, 2013 2:03 am

That's pretty neat Harry! I will be curious to hear how you like the finished product after it lands in your pipe! cheers cheers cheers 
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Northern Neil

Northern Neil

Age : 36
Location : Calgary AB. Canada
Registration date : 2012-12-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyThu Aug 22, 2013 5:07 pm

Wow, those look great. I grew some tobacco last year in my garden, mine didn't get nearly as big as your's, and am finally getting around to getting them in the kiln to ferment the leaves. I have just had them hung in the basement since last fall. I am really looking forward to smoking mine!
Good luck with your harvest, and remeber to be patient. Trying to rush the process will only end in an unfavorable situation.
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyThu Sep 12, 2013 8:01 pm

well here is an update on the tobacco plants I took this picture yesterday

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Fr_Tom

Fr_Tom

Location : Diocese of Southern Virginia
Registration date : 2013-05-29

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyThu Sep 12, 2013 8:09 pm

I am very interested in this project. I will be curious to know how it smokes and how you decide to cure, case, process, etc.
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyThu Sep 12, 2013 8:17 pm

Fr_Tom wrote:
I am very interested in this project. I will be curious to know how it smokes and how you decide to cure, case, process, etc.
As this is my first time growing I also am very curious as to how I am going to do it too...LOL

Kinda flying by the seat of my pants
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monbla256

monbla256

Age : 74
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyThu Sep 12, 2013 9:52 pm

DAMN! Those plants are TALL !! We never let 'em get that tall on my Uncles farm in N.C. ! About 1/2 that height, 'course they were Virginia Brightleaf so maybe they don't get as tall !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyFri Sep 13, 2013 5:52 am

Mon I have never grown tobacco so maybe I should have done something to keep them from growing so tall I didn't get out there to top them due to all the rain we have been having
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Briar Spirit

Briar Spirit

Age : 51
Location : England UK
Registration date : 2012-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyFri Sep 13, 2013 9:01 am

Jeepers Harry they are HUGE mate, provided all goes well you'll have a bumper harvest, that's awesome, looking forward to learning how you get along with the curing. cheers 
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mark

Registration date : 2008-07-02

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyFri Sep 13, 2013 9:44 am

Good looking plants there.


Since you haven't topped them you could tie a clear plastic bag over the flowers and catch the seeds when they drop if you wanted to.

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Kyle Weiss

Kyle Weiss

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptyFri Sep 13, 2013 3:11 pm

Nice crop, BC. cheers

Yeah, bottom leaves and top leaves (untopped) are gonna have different attitude and flavor (so I hear), but for your first go-round, hell, I'm jealous. Very Happy

Mark's leaf he sent me was pretty tasty...plain, but solid. Curious to hear how you're gonna go about the harvest/cure stage. Thanks for keeping us updated!
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BigCasino

BigCasino

Age : 51
Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
Registration date : 2012-11-27

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 8:43 am

Well a storm blew over a couple of plats last week so we did a rescue harvest and picked some of the leaves, at first I wasn't sure if they were ready and would turn yellow/brown while hanging, but things seem to be working out, they seem to be coloring just fine

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most of the rest of our toebacky patch looks like this and is ready for priming, which is a fancy word for pickin

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And my wife was incredibly happy about this bug, all summer she has been talking about growing her "Lady Bug Army" and every time she saw a couple lady bugs doin "it" in the garden she would get all excited, well her hard work pimping lady bugs paid off, there were tons of these little critters on the toebacky running around eating aphids, this is a lady bug larvae

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Briar Spirit

Briar Spirit

Age : 51
Location : England UK
Registration date : 2012-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: Homegrown   Homegrown EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 8:51 am

Blimey Harry, your good Lady and yourself seem to have what it takes to grow that there toebakka, reckon you guys ought to consider a Plantation mate, Harry the Baccy man, yupper, the future is bright, the future is green. cheers cheers cheers 
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