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Some people would pay premium to spend a vacation doing what you do daily.

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4 points · 6 months ago

He probably pays a premium to go on a vacation in NYC or shop anywhere besides Walmart. Every place has tradeoffs.

I've worked for a university's facilities department before. Just know you may never know what is on the other side of that door that is almost never opened

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AJVAR. That's the best thing here. Roasted red pepper spread. I buy my food at the grocery store but usually I buy my produce at a speciality health food store or the local bazaar. Piftia is the worst thing I've eaten here. It's a cold meat jelly thing with lots of garlic. I love meat AND garlic but the cold jelly part, no thanks!

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2 points · 6 months ago

Last thing sounds like an "aspic" in case you want to make it when you're home.

2 points · 6 months ago

Did your hands burn when you cut the peppers? Did the ferment make you cough when you took a deep whiff?

Assuming you didn't taste the peppers beforehand, the sauce you propose should've made both of the above occur. If it didn't, the peppers probably weren't hot. The fermentation doesn't make the sauce hotter, so if it wasn't hot going in it won't be hot going out.

4 points · 6 months ago

I once asked my security director what would happen if two drunks vols decided to duke it out. He said that in those scenarios they've helped the victim press charges against the instigator.

Gods, I can’t imagine coming from someplace sunny and warm, like Somalia, or at least anyplace with a less bleak in winter and being sent to live in freaking central/western NY or Minnesota. XD Even many of us natives to the area entirely hate it in winter by adulthood.

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10 points · 6 months ago

My friend's parents are Vietnamese refugees. They told the gov they wanted to be placed in an area warm like Vietnam. Now they live in..... beautiful rural Alabama.

They've done alright, but something tells me the Africans are better in Minnesota.

Look at how far back those rear wheels are

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50 points · 6 months ago

IIRC (speaking mediumly-handwavey) tiny foreign cars are built like that to maximize the internal space of the car while making the outside of the car as small as possible. I specify "foreign" simply because the US does not produce tiny cars to the same degree as most other countries.

Ninja edit: Lack of safety standards let companies fully exploit that ratio. I live in South America and the majority of cars are tiny cars that look like the above.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

I'll need to look into the automated olive picker. It's already overwhelming trying to source the amount of pequins I need, so I've started looking into going directly to farmers in my area. There are several chile pequin growers in South Texas I've found and that might be my best bet.

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Basic advice but putting your harvest bucket/bag (bucket is easier-stays open) on a string around your waist gives you two hands you can pick with.

.......but you're already picking way more peppers than I do...

Maybe time to start selective breeding


I'm curious, but don't have a ton of spare peppers. I figure it would already be for sale if it was worthwhile. Anyone already try this?


Yeah, most of it was/is obvious to me, but I really thought too large containers hurt growth. So I repotted my plants 4 times last year until I reached the final 7 gallon container.

Thanks for your answer!

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2 points · 7 months ago

Assuming you're refreshing the soil, your plant gets a nute boost each time you replant it. The lack of boost may account for the slowed growth you mentioned above.

Can't the same be achieved with fertilizer?

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2 points · 6 months ago

Yeah, I'm just speculating as to an explanation for the myth.

Score hidden · 6 months ago

Lack of supply means I'm limited to Caribbean Red habaneros. Three plants in the ground right now, around 4 months old and have been harvestable for about 3 weeks. 3 more small plants to transplant this week, for the sake of having more.

3 or 4 year old generic local bird's eye in the backyard.

Edit: I had one chance to get US seeds a few months ago and purposely limited myself to one variety so I could seed save without surprises. I'm sort of kicking myself for that.

2 points · 7 months ago

I think the problem is you can't do by weight of mash unless you have a significant amount of mash (speaking as someone who makes sauerkraut). With small stuff like single jars of peppers or garlic, I use an amount of 5% brine that would submerge the stuff, then I blend that all up. Otherwise, what's the weight of 6 habaneros and a head of garlic?

1 point · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

I understand what you're trying to ask, but you have to understand it's not a super solid question. Every single fruit or vegetable we eat has been developed by man for the purpose of being more XXX. Every kind of produce has different cultivars (of different levels of modernity), and we only know about peppers because we're into peppers. Even stuff as basic as cabbage was selectively bred by village farmers and botanists 1000 years ago.

Edit: Here's a cool article about the next big apple. Fruits are experimentally bred on farms around the world, every day. You've probably never eaten the original strain of anything, but that's totally okay. We eat the produce our ancestors wished they could've eaten.

1 point · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

Imo peppers tend to be hardy but all of the typical pests can still attack. My guess is they're spared because peppers fruit quickly and heavily and the fruits aren't too dense (as opposed to a beefsteak tomato or a peach).

Edit: Google "pepper ipm", and "[local state university] ag extension" for pest specifics and region specifics, respectively.

Edit 2: Don't forget that only the pepper contains capsaicin

I only have experience in dirt, and currently can't invest in anything else, but I'm interested in fish/plant farming. Aquaponics?

2 points · 7 months ago

For companion plants, I'm partial to simple/local/wild flowers and bush basils. The basils smell awesome, look awesome, and attract tons of bugs. The local flowers run themselves and require nothing besides basic pruning. Stuff like zinnias and marigolds that will take over unchecked.

Edit: This season I am finding the tall skinny nature of zinnias to perfectly complement my short shrubby habaneros. The flowers create a nice shady canopy and leave plenty of space below.

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-10 points · 7 months ago

Yeah, it's unfortunate it turned into such a shitshow of asswipes on all sides. Why we allow this with dogs is a good legal question. I (probably?) couldn't sell my house with the clause "If you paint it blue I will evict you."

We allow contract stipulations with nearly all contracts. If you violate your contract by not paying your loan, then they sure can come repossess your vehicle. Why then does it seem so far fetched to have contract stipulations with other property?

Most software licenses come with stipulations that if you use it in a way that goes against the contract that they'll take measures to make sure you never use it again.

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1 point · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

A loan is different than selling something outright, and software licensing is different as well. At a certain point the owner should be in full control. I guess in this case, that happens after 9 months.

What would Legal Advice say if someone posted "Former owner towed my car because I had it reupholstered in suede"? Would they unequivocally tell the OP to pound sand?

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2 points · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

I think you're making big assumptions. The office would probably act, despite lack of evidence, and A&B probably wouldn't see each other again. I say this because my office errs on the side of caution all the time.

Edit: Why are there 3 volunteers assigned to one site?

Could be phytophthora blight. This sort of injury on any plant or tree is described as "girdling". Google "pepper ipm" and "pepper girdling".

this is a seedling that lived through damping off.

it seems they tied it up / staked it.

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0 points · 7 months ago

Girdling is caused by fungi, but that's not how plant health works at all. This plant is skimpy but by no means a seedling.

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2 points · 7 months ago

Advice as an intermediate (general) gardener: If you don't have a ton of time to study and pamper seedlings this year, start with store bought. Germination is the most finicky stage, and it'll be heartbreaking if you come home to $20 worth of seeds all dead from something you didn't expect. Selection will probably be limited to jalapeños and serranos but a pepper is a pepper.

If you do have a ton of time and ability (note that time isn't the same as enthusiasm), find any seed starting guide and commit to it front to back. Most circulated methods work equally well as long as you don't start combining techniques and introducing chaos.

Ugh I'm really frustrated at my host family right now cause they kept asking me why I won't let the kids (or anyone) drink from my water bottle and they asked it in a way that made it seem like I was a bad person for not letting them. And I tried to explain that I don't want to get sick, but they said that none of the kids are sick, so I can't get sick. I just don't know how to explain the concept of germs and that they can be transmitted by sharing dishes to people from a culture that all eat out of the same bowl and drink from the same water cup.

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4 points · 7 months ago

Follow up: My belly is full of worms.

You win this round, microorganisms.

3 points · 7 months ago

You're probably carrying the same germs as them. I'm in a country with a vital sharing culture, and I'm still kicking. They're germs, not black magic curses.

4 points · 7 months ago

Pretty sure my post (and most others) don't offer field-ET. Way too big of a liability. I've heard rumors of the ET option to stay behind if there are extenuating circumstances (local job offer or newborn) but in my experience vols are rush booked on the next flight out of the capital.

Before you ET, talk to some other vols about pets. People pass around phone numbers of animal shipping services.

Do the root stocks come from seed or are they scions as well?

I appreciate your first answer as well. Please let me know whether you can answer this question.

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2 points · 8 months ago

Rootstocks are (typically native/wild) varieties of the plant adapted to the particular environment. Edit: I know that's super vague, but different rootstocks offer different advantages and hardinesses.

1 point · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Hey, I appreciate the answer. I am curious to know, though, whether the rootstocks are from a seed or whether they are cut, cloned, or whatever the equivalent of grafting for roots is.

Edit: Change mistyped ridiculable to rootstock.

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Vine segments (ex grapes) could be rooted from a cutting, and then planted. Tree rootstocks are plain old earthgrown stumps. The branches are cloned for delicate precision, the roots are grown for natural durability.

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