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Old 17 June 2018, 03:40 AM
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Snake Huge python eats woman checking her vegetable garden

A 23-foot-long python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris.

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Old 17 June 2018, 04:50 AM
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I doubt that the snake was actually 23 feet long: that's exceptionally large even for a reticulated python. But snakes that are 18 feet or longer are very capable of consuming human-sized prey.
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Old 17 June 2018, 03:31 PM
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I'll try to think more kindly of the deer who have been eating my peas. At least they're not likely to swallow me for dessert.
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Old 17 June 2018, 05:00 PM
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I'll try to think more kindly of the deer who have been eating my peas. At least they're not likely to swallow me for dessert.
Deer are cunning predators that way. Be wary.
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Old 17 June 2018, 09:43 PM
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Totally off topic: I love peas and we have a couple of nice farms that sell produce. None of them sell peas. I don't know why. Some time I'll remember to ask.
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Old 17 June 2018, 11:17 PM
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Sylvanz, that might be because picking them is time-consuming, if done by hand.

Peas in the store were generally machine-picked; but you need a sizeable quantity to make it worth having the machinery.

Most farmers' markets around here do carry them in the spring, though; so some farmers do find them worth the work -- though it might depend on prices in your particular area. And some farms will carry them for CSA members to pick themselves, or as U-pick in general. If you're willing to do your own harvest, you might ask your local farms about that.
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Old 18 June 2018, 12:10 AM
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Around here, farmer's market peas are sold in the pods. I believe it's the shelling that is the real time-consuming part of the process.
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Old 18 June 2018, 02:41 PM
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They're usually sold in the pod around here also; but harvest is also time consuming.

I generally have shell peas, snow peas, and snap peas. I have to charge nearly as much for the shelly peas (which the customer has to shell out) as for the snow and snap. They're as much cost to raise, and only slightly faster, if at all, to pick -- it doesn't take as many pods to fill a quart, generally, but you have to judge on each pod whether it's filled out to the right amount, which is easier on the snow peas and less crucial on the snaps.

-- we've got a large Old-Order Mennonite population, and an occasional farm will invest in a pea sheller, which they then sell the use of to the neighbors (including non-Mennonite neighbors.) You need to have a fair amount of peas to make it worth going to whichever farm it is to use the sheller, though, unless it happens to be the one next door.
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Old 18 June 2018, 03:35 PM
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I grew peas in my garden this year, but I have no idea how to know when to pick them or what to do once I do pick them.
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Old 18 June 2018, 04:26 PM
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First question, Beachlife: are they snow, snap, or shell peas?

If you don't know that, do you know the name of the variety?
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Old 18 June 2018, 04:29 PM
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Future post elsewhere in the forums: "Hey, remember that really good post about peas, it was super informative? Why can't I find it?"
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Old 18 June 2018, 05:02 PM
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Peas, pythons, what's the dif? They both swell up in the middle under some circumstances . . .

Instructions for picking 20+ foot long pythons may indeed be different, however. I suppose we could start another thread.
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