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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. You know nothing about me. I find any person ignoring fishing regulations, littering, or breaking any other laws around the sea and environment horrible and despicable. I call and report any abuses that I see. I release all stripers that I catch. The fishing club that I belong to has regular beach cleanups and other community based educational activities. I do have an issue with people who call people “illegals” with no factual basis. My wife happens to be a citizen of another country but is here as a LEGAL permanent resident and follows all laws, works full time and pays her fair share of taxes. She also loves to fish. I have been fishing with her and have heard her get called “illegal”, “ go back where you came from” and other derogatory statements by ignorant fisherman just because of her looks. She is too shy and her English language skills are not the greatest so she just takes it if I am not around to intervene. Imagine how she then feels about these great American people and why she has chosen not to pursue her rightful path to citizenship. But feel free to keep calling people “illegals” based solely on their looks/language skills. it is your right to do that as an American if you so choose. I continue to do my part in the conservation of our fish populations and to try and lead us through these “dark times”. It just may be a different path than you have chosen.
  2. The way that you are doubling down, I guess you really do have the super power that Paul mentioned. I’d bet ICE could really use someone with your powers.
  3. FWIW.... there is no requirement to “have to prove at a minimum a general understanding of the English language” when it comes to being a LEGAL permanent resident. Just a clarification... carry on.
  4. We have had them both deep fried and in a spicy seafood soup. We have a couple of vendors that we frequent for these tasty morsels on the beach of Phang-nga bay in southern Thailand. The deep fried dish is served with a spicy, limey, garlicky sauce (nahm-jim seafood) for dipping. Really are very tasty.
  5. I’ll take the crocs..
  6. Got a lot of planting done this weekend. Still harvesting from last years plantings. Today we dug some of last fall’s cilantro plantings.... we use the root as an ingredient when pounding different types of Thai curry pastes. This is the best time to harvest the roots. We also harvested the bulk of our Brussels sprout shoots. They are now stretching out like broccoli side shoots. This is when they are the most tender and sweet but the harvest window is closing fast before the buds open up and they toughen up. Asparagus is starting to come in fairly well, but the season has just begun!
  7. I never tried carrots for bait. When I trap them I have the best luck with cantaloupe...... have also caught them with peaches. I got this guy with cantaloupe. He was able to climb the 6 foot chain link fence to get into the garden. I used the chicken wire that you can see to create a long, wide funnel which guided him into the trap. I have also used bales of straw to create the funnel. They tend to just follow the funnel right into the baited trap. Good Luck...
  8. Yep.... got to get him out of there!
  9. The Brussels sprouts we planted late last season continue to produce. We’ve been harvesting from this planting since Thanksgiving - almost 6 months! When they survive overwintering (the sprouts can be harvested as needed all winter) they send out flower shoots from each node. If harvested at just the right time, before the flowers open, they are sweet, tender and delicious. My wife’s favorite brassica. Today some of the shoots were prime for harvesting. Some plants have sprouts and shoots now, both to be harvested. A simple steam of the shoots drizzle with some olive oil, S&P and enjoy! Flats were seeded at the end of June and the starts were transplanted out mid/late August. For those of you who enjoy this vegetable, consider a later planting for winter and spring harvests.
  10. GrillFloss....Works great.
  11. Got a recipe for that dressing?
  12. Hoping for the best....
  13. I never transplanted corn... only direct seeded. Some producers I have seen transplant corn to try to get an early crop, shooting for the July 4 weekend hoards. These producers transplant into plastic mulch which is laid prior to increase soil temps. Some will use row covers after this early planting. Germination rate with corn seed suffers at soil temperatures below 50 degrees so I wouldn’t plant transplants out until then.... Soil temperatures on the western end of Long Island warm up sooner in spring than out here on the east end where our garden is currently 44 degrees. That’s all I got.... good luck!
  14. Do you have an idea of when you think it escaped from Plum Island?
  15. Glad to hear that you now have no issues. It sure is a nasty disease but luckily can usually be treated by antibiotics if properly diagnosed in a timely manner.