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The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:26:32 PM »
We aren't reenactors...we are a shooting team in the North-South Skirmish Association but occasionally we do things like educational programs. Lately though our area of history isn't very popular especially not the truth about it anyway.  I used to do programs pretty regularly until schools got so wussy about allowing anything that looks like a weapon into the schools. Kinda hard to give an in depth history of what life was like for the common soldier without being able to show the tools of the trade if you know what I

here is what we do

The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:38:17 AM »
What the musket shoot looks like...This is our team with me hovering over them like an Old Mother Hen.

The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:37:08 AM »
Opening matter what it all boils down to Remembrance

The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:36:03 AM »
also check out the North-South Skirmish Association on facebook

The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:35:03 AM »

The Range / Dock / Re: Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:34:24 AM »
The Sunday March...visit us on Facebook at  The 48th Va Infantry

The Range / Dock / Where I have been for a while...
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:33:20 AM »
If any was wondering where I have been lately (not many I I have been putting together this... The 48th Va Infantry Co. A "Mountain Boomers" of the North-South Skirmish Association.  We are part of an organization that does living history through the competitive shooting of Civil War Weapons.  It has taken me a while to get this going but this last weekend we made it through the unit inspection and are now a member team of the Association. Here is a pic of us and the kinds of things we do....

Lord now I am hungry for're killing me

great job!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 30, 2018, 03:48:29 PM »
Made a 5 gallon bucket of salsa with harvested tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers and cilantro...onions I had to buy...bad year for onions. At first I thought it was going to be pretty tame stuff. It has jalapenos, habaneros, numex, cowhorn, banana, serrano and a "very" few Trinidad scorpion peppers (like 4) in it....well I WAS WRONG. It is the type of heat that sneaks up on ya. I put some on a chip to test it and it tasted really good, a little sweet with just a tingle of heat at first but I didn't think it was particularly hot (btw I am sissy about heat anymore) and then after about 10 seconds it was like someone poured molten lead in my mouth and throat....Jesus Wept! took me the better part of an hour to shake it off.  it was the type of burn that doesn't hit you on the tongue at all really, it gets you in the back of your mouth and throat....when it came on it almost took my breath away.  This was just supposed to be my *generic medium* salsa I put out at a get together or something, not the *Nuclear Hot* I inflict on my pepperhead friends and coworkers. My wife just looked at me and shook her head when she saw my sympathy there at

General Discussion / Re: Question for northern gardeners???
« on: August 17, 2018, 01:39:32 PM »
Yeah things are very late here...normally at this time of year we are full blown into picking multiple 5 gallon buckets every few days. Right now we are getting like you said "enough to eat" but not enough to really ramp up the canning and such.

I am in zone 6A

General Discussion / Re: Bell Peppers
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:33:25 PM »
This year I am growing Keystone Giant and Yolo Wonder bell peppers and so far they are doing great even though EVERYTHING  is coming in late it seems...weird weather year here in the mountains.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:30:07 PM »
Porter was always just about my favorite of the darks....oh how I miss it.

Recipes / Re: What's up Doc?
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:27:44 PM »
Rob that looks damn good. It's been quite a while since I had rabbit makes me wonder if the bunnies near the house are safe from me now..*wink*

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: August 03, 2018, 01:11:48 PM »
ccat...that is gorgeous fertile looking flat ground you have there...I'm jealous. Congrats!

General Discussion / Re: Tomatoes
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:05:31 PM »
Corvette walk through them and smack them around a little...seriously...just tap on the stem with the blooms to vibrate them a bit. Now if you have 100+ tomato plants well then it could be an all day job but if the number of plants is reasonable it may help them pollinate a bit better.

Just a thought

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
Very nice!

Whenever I go hog hunting it's with my .300BL AR, Palmetto Lower, Daytona Upper that I built. A friend of mine makes these "Hog Whacker" rounds I use that are just brutal on pigs.

Now if it's going to be somewhere I might need to really reach out and touch someone so to speak, it's my 7.62 FN FAL.

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:21:45 PM »
Kill'em...kill'em by the bushel basket full.

What kind of AR do you use?

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:36:15 PM »
I do a side dressing when it's about 4-6 inches and then 6 weeks later and then once it starts to tassel.

Happy Hour / Re: The smell of corn!
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:33:50 PM »
Gopher...they say that smell is the one of our senses most directly related to memory. I get taken back to my childhood whenever I smell a tobacco field. If you have ever been in a area where a lot of tobacco is grown at a certain point it has this aroma that some might call pleasant others might call kinda musty but when my wife and I were driving through the area I grew up we drove down a road where there were big tobacco fields on both sides and she looked at me kinda funny and said "What is that smell?"

I said "Tobacco, and it's almost cutting time. Do you like the smell?"

She said "I don't really know if I do or not. You can tell it's time to harvest just by the smell?"

I said "Yup. That field on the left is ready, the one on the right will be anytime in the next week. Been able to do that since I was about 10."

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:46:30 PM »
sp... the timing sounds right to me..the ears not being filled before browning though kind of speaks to a pollination problem of some kind now as to whether that's a planting distance thing or lack of wind or some thing I wasn't there so I couldn't tell ya.

I don't know about the soil conditions where you are but As for fertilizing I always use a an NPK balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 in granular form too so it releases a bit slower. 
To me keeping the nutrition balanced just always made more sense than growth spurring with nitrogen heavy fertilizers.

I don't know much about N2 except that it is nitrogen heavy and is used extensively in bioethanol corn production. 

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