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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:15 pm



So, if I did this right, I found the pic and got it uploaded...

Current crop, and now the work begins.........
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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:26 pm

That's some FINE looking 'baccy guy !! You been busy and your pic says it all !! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:29 pm

Sweet Crop OW! Smile
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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:02 pm

Thanks......

Waiting for some more flowers, but already pulling suckers off and tying hands.

The fun part was suggesting to my wife she needed to put her rabbit hutches for the breeders somewhere, as I need my curing barn back. It's only for a few weeks, then Case some up, box the rest and sit on it until 2018. The kids that kept eyes on it while I was away now and then get 25%. One young man wants his "Perique Style". I may just give him his from the 2013 batch..... Starting to get lazy I my old age.....
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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:52 pm

Looking great Ozzy. I'd say those plants look happy and healthy.

Have you had success growing and curing tobacco in the past?
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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:05 pm

It's August dude... Why are those plants so short?
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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:27 pm

puros_bran wrote:
It's August dude... Why are those plants so short?
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It was an unseasonably cool and wet summer this year, the planting was done late, and the topsoil washed out on me in May. Not to mention, this strain has acclimated to methods. Environment has a big impact on tobacco plants as well. They are fine, rather shortish than buggy, eh?
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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:29 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Looking great Ozzy. I'd say those plants look happy and healthy.

Have you had success growing and curing tobacco in the past?

It has been mixed. Bugs are my Bane. I'm thinking I'm better at curing than growing....
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Dutch

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:43 am

WoW, that pic looks almost as appealing as a patch of homegrown tomatoes! cheers cheers cheers
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MisterE
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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:38 am

Awesome! What kind of tobacco is it?

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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:38 pm

MisterE wrote:
Awesome! What kind of tobacco is it?

Kind of a hybrid of Catterton and Harrow Velvet..
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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:34 pm

You rock Ozzy.

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Cheers,

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R. M. Perkins

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:20 am

Wow, Ozark Wizard, that crop looks great!

You still have plenty of time left in your growing season, right? At least another month?
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AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:59 pm

Tobacco looks good. I can't begin to tell you how many fields like that I worked in as a youg boy. Pulling sand lugs two rows at a time was never my idea of fun but it had to be done. With a 170 acres to harvest everyone in the family had to pull their weight. The work was hot, dirty, and hard but it made for making strong family bonds. Sadly that way of life has disappeared. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:00 pm

I don't know how this double posting keep happening. Sorry Guys I'll get it figured out eventually. Smile

AJ


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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:01 pm

As I generally start from the bottom up on pulling leaves, they won't get finished (pulled) for a month or so. It's only me doing this stage, so it will take time between my current projects, art, and chores. Also still having to "harvest" 10 rabbits every couple of weeks, and just culled the sheep and Llamas, so there is some butchering work ahead. Made 40 pounds of llama jerky this weekend, and packing to go off to the current project remodeling a two story cabin in the national forest.

"No phone, no light, no motor car, not a single luxury.............."

Thankful for my cordless tools, solar panels, and old school techniques to get the job done. So, other than the lugs on the weed plants, they will be sitting for another week before I get back.

I tend to hunker down for winters here, so I like to get all I can done before Autumn. Well, I hope to get it all done, once the leaves are pulled 'en totum', some can air cure, but most will need flue curing, and that means fire, and that means wood. Chainsaw is serviced, and I already have fells ready to cut up and stoke the barn.

Of course, there is also the details of having to build another bunny barn...

Don't ask.....................................
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AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:26 pm

You surely have your work cut out for you if you're curing your tobacco with a wood fire. Thank Heavens we had oil burners and propane. If we had to cut wood to cure all of our tobacco I might have left the farm before I started to school. Laughing Laughing

After reading all the projects you're involved with I must say I'm envoius of your life style. To be self sufficient is freedom personified. Not only is it wise it's a wonderful lifestyle and a the best enviroment in which to raise children. You're lucky and a wise man my friend. Smile

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:30 pm

ajn27511 wrote:
You surely have your work cut out for you if you're curing your tobacco with a wood fire. Thank Heavens we had oil burners and propane. If we had to cut wood to cure all of our tobacco I might have left the farm before I started to school. Laughing Laughing

After reading all the projects you're involved with I must say I'm envoius of your life style. To be self sufficient is freedom personified. Not only is it wise it's a wonderful lifestyle and a the best enviroment in which to raise children. You're lucky and a wise man my friend. Smile

AJ


Well said AJ, well said indeed.

Rock on Mr Wizard!

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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Time to got to work   Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:24 pm

You guys crack me up........

After the house and land was paid for, the need for cash money waned. Property taxes for everything and vehicles is only $168.00/year. $500/year for propane, solar is paid for.

I basically need money for desires, feeding animals, insurance and maintenance. And spousal maintenance, of course....

Someone suggested a propane unit for curing, but propane doesn't grow on trees like wood does, and cutting keeps me in shape and also materials for crafts. (Came across some beautiful red oak logs at a buddy's ranch when we were mending fence, took them in trade for my labour. Then turned around, made a cabinet for my wife's knitting tools and tongue and groove flooring that I used on my "cabin in the woods" job. The existing floor was oddball, so milled it on my table saw and router table. Viola'! Money growing on trees.) The scrap goes in the burner for the tobacco barn or the wood stove in the animal barn for the winter. As the ashes are all hardwood, I then take those and steep them in glass and make lye for soap....

Maybe it was easier to go into town, work for a check, drive, pay taxes, worry about position, society pressures, etc. There are days I wish I could grab a cola slurpee and a pizza to go, though. Every time I go back to Portland, OR, I get a little more anxious now... BUT, last time I was there, the prices of pipe tobacco and gasoline were enough to be glad of my efforts at home.
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