Lost my mind this past weekend

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Berries' started by chadinclw, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Other posts report my herb and pepper activity over the last week or so, but I lost my mind on Saturday.

    1. I love fruit. I'm diabetic and can't eat as much as I want, but I love growing fruit.

    2. I was real active in FFA in school and still love to grow stuff

    3. So, as a result, every where we live I plant fruit and stuff!!

    As a result of this compulsion I bought:

    2 - muscadine grape vines (best varieties for FL)

    2 - Figs (I adore a good fig)

    2- guava plants

    Guava are funny. We used to have them all over central FL until about the mid 1960's when the weather nailed them. They are not the least bit frost tolerant so I know these are going to be labor intensive during the winter. I'm talking it get's below 40 and you have to cover them up!

    Anyway, I'll be building the grape arbor in the next week or so. 

    As always, SWMBO thinks I've lost my mind, but after 32 years I'd think she'd be used to me doing things like this!!
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like you have your work cut out for you!
     

  3. Yeah, like I said, I lost my mind. We are getting some citrus from the trees we planted a few years ago and I'll be making some limoncello from my Meyer lemons this year. I've got a woodpile to move to make room for the new plants.
     
  4. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    When will they start producing fruit ?
     
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Grapevines!!!!!!

    have you tried smoking with grapevines yet?

    Give it a whirl and you may just be surprised

    Todd
     
  6. larrym

    larrym Meat Mopper

    Grapevines ?  I had thought about it once but never did it.  Am getting ready to do some pruning on 2 8yr old plants, , do they do okay for smoking ?  I dont have a chipper but could probably mash them up good enough with a 10# sledge.  Should I debark them first ?
     
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Citrus and grapevines all make good smoking when seasoned.  Enjoy!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  8. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    All of that is good smoking wood.  Just be aware that we normally use a lot of pesticides on citrus and fruits that need time to dissipate  before burning the wood.  Shouldn't be a problem  especially with your own trees.

    I have 4 or 5 muscadine vines that are 7 years old now and producing quite well. I just don't have much use for the fruit.  I'll make muscadine butter (taste a bit like mincemeat) for pork but can't think of much else to do with it.  I should have enough of a crop next year to try my hand at some wine.

    I love homegrown peaches and plums.

    Have you ever tried any of the no sugar pectins?  The jellies and jams are not the same without the sugar but it you use about 3/4 Splenda and 1/4 sugar you are able to keep the color and have a pretty good product.  Don't forget about making low sugar syrups for your BBQ sauces and mops.  I use a blueberry/blackberry syrup as a mop and I love the additional flavors.

    Good luck and good planting
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I just chopped down our avocado tree, it had some kind of disease & just died. Well it almost died I left it about 8 feet tall & it's coming back. I saved the wood. Has anybody used avocado wood for smoking?
     
  10. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Did it have guacamoldy?
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Geez Al, Where do you & Bear come up with some of this stuff?  [​IMG]
     
  12. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I think we are on the same meds!
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can you mail me some?

                      [​IMG]
     
  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    X2 can't be any worse than the med i'm[​IMG]  on now.
     
     
  15. Blackford69

    Blackford69 Newbie

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