9 October 2021 White Trichomes

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The trichomes are changing from almost ice crystal appearance to white, which is the time of greatest THC. White or milky appearing. Almost time to harvest.

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Last of 2021 Garden Processed.

Last of 2021 Garden Vegetables. Carrots, green beans, green peppers, turnip and one parsnip. All made into a slurry, strained and pressure cooked at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for storage. Carrots 6 pounds, green beens 5 pounds, green peppers 1 pound, turnip and parsnip 1 pound. About 13 pounds total. The carrots, peppers, and turnips were processed by using the dicer for samll pieces. Did good service. Pictures.
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8 October 2021 End of 2021 Garden

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5 October 2021 Asimina triloba (Paw Paw)

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Frost has arrived first in Zone 5. The Paw Paw has started to fall off the trees.Three pounds were picked off two trees. Spring frosts killed most of the flowers, hence the sparce harvet. The fruit is good quality.

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Eighty-Four Liters of Concord Grapes Processed

Eighty-four jars of pressure canned Concord Grape juice at 15 PSI for 15 minutes was processed from 180 pounds of U pick grapes. The product will be utilized during Winter. The grapes were sweet with no bitteness. The removed substrates and seeds were 25 pounds.The complete process took about three days. Food preparation takes up a lot of time.

Process:
Picked about three hours 2 people 4.5 bushels. Wash, remove substrate, cover in water, cook in 20 pound lots, beat into a SLURRY with hand blender. Time for the lot about 5 hours.

Strain through a 2 mm mesh to remove seeds and some skins. About 5 hours.

Pressure can about 15 hours in lots of 7 at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for storage. Each batch takes about an hour.
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Anothr 7 are being pressure canned now not shown in the photo.

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30 September 2021 Concord Grape Juice

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A picture of the juice made. Notice the texture. The juice has body. It is sweet with no bitternss.

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27 September 2021 Concord Grapes (Processing)

27 September 2021 Concord Grapes
Picked 180 pounds of Concord grapes from a commercial grower for 20 d0llrs per bushel. Quantity was 4.5 bushels. A full bushel weighs 40 pounds. These will be procesed into juice about 2 pounds of fruit for a liter for around a total of 90 liters. Process is wash, remove substrate, add water to cover,cook in batches of 20 pounds and make a slurry.Strain through a 2mm mesh screen to remove seeds. Place in liter jars and pressure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for storge. Pictures delineate the process.

SLURRY
This is making the slurry. It took five hours to process the 180 pounds of Concord grapes.
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The grapes were very mature and sweet. Weight was about 180 pounds. Process: Wash, place on chicken wire mesh and swipe the grapes across to remove substrates. Add water to make drnkable cover. Cook until soft about 20 minutes. Blent with hand blender to make a slurry. Pour in trnsport buckets. This takes about 5 hours to process the 180 pounds of grapes. The next stage is to strain.

STRAINING
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The slurry is strained Twenty five pound of residue mostly seeds fed to birds over four days. +

The juice is canned in 7 liter jars at one time for an hour each time, the capacity of the canner.
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26 September 2021 Asimina triloba (Paw Paw) First Fruit

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Inspecting one tree and shaking a limb one fruit hit the ground. I ate it nd found it very delicious. I describe the taste as a custard, since it follows no taste that I know. The fruit was firm and totally ripe.

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23 September 2021 Asimina triloba (Paw Paw)

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There was a May frost which destoyed many of the flowers. Only a few fruit were produced. The fruits shown are not fully ripe. It appears a frost stimulates them and the fruit falls to the ground.

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20 September 2021 Marijuana before harvest

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Have been using my small USB camera to study trichomes on mushroom plants. Using trichomes to ascertain best harvest date. My ideal time is when the trichomes have all turned white.

All the pictures indicate that the ice mushroom trichomes have some time to change from crystal to white. How long, have no time frame. Most internet mushroom photos are much lacking in detail, that would be useful.

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