MattituckMike

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About MattituckMike

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  • About Me:
    Travel around the northeast (Job related)
    Travel to SE Asia every winter
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Organic/Biodynamic gardening, All Food-Thai in particular,Fishing, Shellfishing,Chili Peppers
  • What I do for a living:
    Organic Certification Inspector/Consultant, Organic Garden Consultant/Installer

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    Beautiful North Fork of Long Island

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  1. Changed your tune pretty fast there, genius. Got it.
  2. I guess you don't know what the definition of POISON is... Got it.
  3. Or........ Eat Organic glyphosate is p-o-i-s-o-n ... FACT
  4. No special care needed for the kaffir lime tree. We just need to trim them before bringing them in so they will fit in the house. We use all these leaves that we trim off at that time (a LOT) for cooking or as gifts to friends. The trees do tend to attract aphids and scale when outside so my wife uses q-tips and rubbing alcohol to eliminate them just before we bring them in. This helps to reduce the odds of having any major infestations once inside. Gradual exposure to direct sun is also important when bringing them outside or the leaves will get a nasty sunburn. Great to just go and pick the leaves or fruit from the trees when needed! Lemongrass we overwinter in pots in the house then in the Spring we separate the clumps into small clumps and plant 5 or 6 in pots - which will be brought inside next year to overwinter. The other clumps are planted directly in the garden for easy access all season long, until the first frost hits in November. No special care needed for overwintering the lemongrass but the planting into pots at the start of the season helps to control the size of the clump and eliminate the need to dig up clumps in the fall for overwintering. We also overwinter banana trees, galanga plants, a few varieties of turmeric and krachai (along with about 100 other plants). It can be a bit of a hassle to get all this done but we feel that the ability to go and get fresh herbs as needed is worth the time and inconveniences of keeping these plants going. It is worth it to us since we cook Thai food most of the time.
  5. Would you take $125 via PayPal shipped to Long Island?
  6. I agree with you 100%.... Lemongrass and kaffir lime are key ingredients to have on hand for that great Thai flavor profile in many dishes. We love those flavors so much that we go through the hassle of growing our own so fresh is always available. This is one of our kaffir lime trees and some of our lemongrass plants that we bring inside for the winter. They really need to get outside as soon as the weather permits.
  7. Yeah.... We have never added ginger but it sounds like a tasty addition. We steam the slashed whole fish on a shallow plate to catch the juices, after we stuff the cavity with lemongrass. The sauce (very similar to your recipe) is made separately and poured over the fish after steaming to keep the bright, fresh flavors of the herbs and lime juice. Then garnished with Asian celery leaves and cilantro.
  8. Bpla Neung Manao - ปลากะพงนี่งมะนาว One of our regular go-to dishes for any fresh fish, although we prepare it a little differently from your posted recipe.
  9. Looks good..... Shut-off valves for each bed are easy to add and are great for additional control of the individual beds... We wouldn't design a system without them. Spacing of emitters on your drip tubing should be based on soil texture (sand/silt/clay) which directly influences horizontal movement of water in the soil. Good luck!
  10. ^^^ X2 ^^^
  11. Thanks .......
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  13. Hey Jay (or anyone else who would like to chime in).... Could you recommend a good portable compressor - brand and/or model? I just had the second one crap out on me in the past year. I use it for my car, truck and bicycle tires only. Thanks.
  14. ^^^ Very good advice and consistent with my experience, although others may have different ideas. You can plant early if you protect the plants. We plant some tomato plants earlier (will go in next week) for a few early tomatoes. We have tried many different season extenders to keep the early tomato plants and soil warm enough to prevent that "cold shock" that we have experienced and Belmo mentioned. The best season extender/plant protection devises that we use are pictured below. We only plant the varieties we want to harvest early, and plant the main crop following Belmo's advice. The sauce/paste tomato plants don't get planted out until late June/early July so that main crop comes in during the fall when the weather is cooler for canning. Walls of water... The cones are actually tubes which are filled with water to insulate and act as a heat sink on those chilly nights that may occur... Holds over 4 gallons of water ! This allows us to get tomatoes about 3 weeks before the main crop.... This is just an idea that works for us!
  15. I haven't tried for shad in quite a few years, but we used to have a pretty good run in the inlet and could have a lot of fun with those little shad darts.