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Weekly Garden Thread Volume 22 May 30, 2014
Free Republic | May 30, 2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 05/30/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT by greeneyes

The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks.

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Greetings from Missouri. We have been having nice moderate weather with sunshine and temps of around 75 degrees. Scattered showers of around 5 or ten minutes duration, but no accumulation.

We will have to start watering the plants now it seems, and the swimming pool doesn't have enough water to make it all the way through growing season, since we had to drain it to repair a leak. Once again it's looking like we may have to pick and choose which crops to water.

We have our first batch of strawberries. I have some in the Refrigerator for eating plain, and am making syrup and fruit leather for grand daughter to eat this winter.

Just harvested around a pint of ripe cherry tomatoes from Mr. indoor tomato. Have some lettuce ready to eat in the patio container.

The seedlings are all out in the garden, and have a few more starting in the good seed starter. I am going to be making a sour dough starter this weekend, and start experimenting a bit more with baking some bread using my winter wheat.

Hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend, and God Bless.

1 posted on 05/30/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes

Here in Houston we have been unseasonably cold, so my jolokias and trinidad scorpion peppers are so small.

No fire in my belly yet this year.


2 posted on 05/30/2014 12:59:41 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: greeneyes
May be of interest. Its a WWII era Dept. of Agriculture instructional video on growing a proper Victory garden. The various regulatory agencies of today would have a stroke over some of the stuff in this film.

The Original Victory Garden
3 posted on 05/30/2014 1:03:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: greeneyes

Hi greeneyes! God Bless& good weekend wishes back to you! Things are heating up here. Greenie beans, okras & Valley Whatever-they-are are going great guns.
Everything but the pepper is. Not sure why. Last year, we had (I think) California Wonder & it was a wild man. Our little strawberry is so sweet, you don’t even need sugar. We’re only getting about 6 or 7 at a time.
No more leaf miners so far (fingers crossed).

Squash & corn are way late, but DH might get an assignment in Houston next week, so I’m wondering if I should plant. Squash/ cowpeas will be in a 3x6 bed. The others are containers so maybe we can farm them out with a neighbor.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 1:08:41 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 1:10:18 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I picked my first cherry tomato yesterday and it appears I’ll have at least a handfull by the first week of June.
I’ve gathered a few peppers and used them almost as quickly as they arrived.

Wife is showing our place in the Master Gardeners “garden walk” here at the lake June 7. Now if we can just keep the damned deer out...


6 posted on 05/30/2014 1:19:21 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: greeneyes

Picked the first squash, beans and one tomato this week. Neighbor pulled up most of his onions and gave us a bag full.

Does anyone have a solution for bloom rot on tomatoes? I have several that have black spots where the flower fell off.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: greeneyes
That sounds wonderful!

It was 38 degrees here in Massachusetts Wednesday night. Thank goodness we didn't lose anything. Here are some pics of our containers:

This is it uncovered:

Here are a few that are on the deck:


8 posted on 05/30/2014 1:23:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thank you!


9 posted on 05/30/2014 1:29:54 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks so much for the link. I’ll be looking it over with a fine tooth comb.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 1:31:24 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: KGeorge

I have been thinking about doing some long term watering using clay pots. For these you take two of the pots and glue the tops together. Use waterproof caulk around the rims and plug up the bottom hole and caulk it too.

Stick a plastic tube in the top hole. Bury the containers in the ground. Fill them up with water (using a funnel to help). The water will seep gradually through the pots and keep the plants watered.

I also have some ceramic watering gizmos that screw onto a soda bottle and fit into a ceramic spike that keeps important plants like my lemon tree watered and is really handy when I want to give it a dose of liquid feed.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Magnesium deficiency in the soil. I use a half handful of epsom salts about 4" under the seedlings that I plant. You can also side dress with epsom salts.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/30/2014 1:43:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cripplecreek
5 cents for a package of seed, and you get more than 10 in a package. Those were the days. ;)

/johnny

13 posted on 05/30/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes
Ghost Pepper plants in my window. Pretty little white flowers, but they haven't produced anything yet.

Later I'll have some tomatoes in hanging baskets in the same window.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 1:48:49 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: greeneyes

It has been raining here the last couple of days and 80% chance for the next three or four days. I really needed a few more dry days to finish my garden. I have 35 tomato plants planted and they are loving the rain but my planned planting of a few other plants has stalled because of the rains.

Yesterday I finally had an appointment for my initial evaluation by my local VA Outpatient Clinic. Lots of questions about my health and blood samples taken. I told them about my hip problem and a couple of other issues. No questions about weapons I may own. The VA Clinic sent me across the street to a hospital to have my hip X-Rayed.

There were only 4 other patients in the Clinic’s waiting room when I first arrived, none when I left. I arrived at 10:30 and was home by 12:30 even with the time needed to get X-Rayed.

I thought everything went very smoothly and quicker than I expected. I have an another appointment for next week.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 1:58:35 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please keep us posted, RD 232.


16 posted on 05/30/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: real saxophonist

The really hots ones, yes?


17 posted on 05/30/2014 2:01:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Oy.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 2:04:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Currently third hottest in the world. Behind the Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper. Love the names. Read about them here.

The plants in the picture were grown from seeds I got from Pepper Joe.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 2:09:56 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: cripplecreek

Just talking about Victory Gardens on another thread!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3161883/posts?page=22#22


20 posted on 05/30/2014 2:10:09 PM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: real saxophonist

Thanks! They look very healthy.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 2:12:07 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks. I’ll give that a try.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 2:15:49 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
5 cents for a package of seed, and you get more than 10 in a package.

I stop by a nursery on TX 95 in Elgin and bought some lettuce and turnip seed. $.50 for a 1/4 cup of turnips and $.75 for a 1/4 cup of black seed lettuce.

23 posted on 05/30/2014 2:19:23 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Qiviut

I used to like the TV show ‘Victory Garden’ when Roger Swain hosted. Now, not so much.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 2:20:08 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: real saxophonist
I'm growing a ghost variety, too. Tiny white blossoms. No peppers yet.
My paprikas are going wild...
25 posted on 05/30/2014 2:22:59 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Good going. My oldest daughter and I used to take some of the garden tours in Farmington and Ste. Gen when she lived here. Also some nature walks down in Cape Girardeau.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 2:28:18 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: real saxophonist

Watched it every Saturday morning - loved it. Part of that show was Marian Morash cooking in the kitchen - yum! I bought the Victory Garden Cookbook because of those segments. I mostly watched with Swaim. Eventually Weishan started doing it. He wasn’t bad, but the show was never the same. I pretty much quit watching when Drurie took over, even if I did like his accent.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 2:29:17 PM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: JRandomFreeper; greeneyes; sockmonkey; rightly_dividing; Silentgypsy; All
I'm leaving on vacation Sunday, so I have covered with netting the four large tomato plants of different varieties that are loaded with green tomatoes. There is no space a squirrel could get into to get at those.

I picked some cucumbers and that one hot pepper to take with me. I also covered with netting the pepper plants that are now growing peppers.

Have a chance of thunderstorms today/tonight and a better chance Saturday and Sunday. Next week looks like a drying out period. My plants are soaked with water now. They will be okay for all next week and then some.

As I said on last week's thread, I haven't been out of my town for over a year and a half, so I'm wondering what the world looks like past my city limits. Maybe I'll pass through an area where the US President isn't Obama. If I find that, I'll pitch a tent and stay there. I'm also wondering if the American Indians have stopped attacking travelers. I'll check out the newest log cabins while on the trail (I said it's been a really long time since I left here).

I'll have my computer with me so I'll check in on the gardening thread to keep up.

28 posted on 05/30/2014 2:30:57 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

Have a fun and safe vacation and hope those squirrels stay away.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 2:32:40 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

That could be a deficiency in calcium. Add some calcium to the soil. They also make a spray for tomato plants which you can get a home depot or lowes maybe even Walmart. Most of the seed catalogs have them too.

I save egg shells, crushed and sometimes pulverized in the blender. Also some banana peels. I add this stuff to the areas where I am going to plant tomatoes and melons.

Tomatoes and melons need potassium and phosphorus especially during the flowering and setting fruit stages, so I often side dress with a 15-30-15 slow release fertilizer when they begin to flower.


30 posted on 05/30/2014 2:34:43 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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Hello from CT... I spent my Memorial Day weekend with my Grand kids (all under 6)in the garden, planting tomatoes and variety of veggie seeds and flowers. I loved how much they loved what they were doing, pulling weeds, shaking the dirt off, mixing the soil and digging holes. It was magical because they loved it so much, and we found a bunch of carrots and onions up from last year which they thought was the coolest thing in the whole wide world! I didn't offer to pay them for working with me, but when I looked and saw how much they did, how much they really helped (well, except for the little guy but I could not leave him out), I gave them each $5 for their hard work! Best $15 I have spent in ages! Can't wait until everything starts to come up, should be good fun this year!
31 posted on 05/30/2014 2:36:08 PM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: trisham

Thanks so much for the pictures. I love those containers you have there. Wish I had some like those on my back patio. Maybe one day, I can get hubby to make some.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Hi all, everything is growing well here finally. Have most of the garden planted, tomatoes, peppers, cukes, broccoli, radishes (fingers crossed as usual), herbs, beans, asparagus still coming in, have carrots, beets, chard left to plant and then I will probably be out of room. In our woods the mayapples are plentiful this year and it could be a good crop if I can beat the raccoons to them. It’s on my bucket list to try mayapple jelly. I even found a dozen wide mouth pint canning jars brand new with the lids and rings at a garage sale for 3.00 so it must be meant to be this year. Fingers crossed on the radishes because most years they bolt and I don’t get any or just a few. I have tried most every variety I can find.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 2:37:44 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: real saxophonist

My husband is growing those too. He thinks he’ll harvest some of the seeds and sell them, :). I hope he doesn’t try to charge what he paid for them.


34 posted on 05/30/2014 2:38:32 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: greeneyes

You’re welcome. My brother in law made one similar to the large black one, except that his was bigger. It was very nice. He’s an avid gardener, too.


35 posted on 05/30/2014 2:38:37 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: real saxophonist

Thanks for the pictures. I love my indoor garden window, except it just isn’t large enough. I’d like to add a “green” room on the other side of my patio door, so I would have enough space to really grow some serious amounts of food during the winter.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 2:39:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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Thanks GE, Hi Guys

Lemon Balm was new to me when I saw it at the garden center. Plant it around seating areas in the yard and it will discourage mosquitoes. As a tea it has a lemon flavor and is good for stomach problems.

Best of all, once it is established it is almost indestructible, it comes back evey year.

37 posted on 05/30/2014 2:49:11 PM PDT by virgil283 (That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

That’s good to hear that you didn’t have to be there too long. The clinic we have closest to us is in Farmington, but the local Veterans tell me that they just go there in order to get their meds, and see the private practice docs for everything else.

I have no experience with the St. Louis VA. My Dad lived in Southwest Mo. and he always went to the KC VA. He would catch an OATS van up there, and be there all day waiting for them to get him in. He had lots of health issues, had already had heart attack and strokes. Traveling 3 hours up and three hours back wasn’t great for a guy in his shape. He did like his VA doc a lot, but he relied on Medicare for the bulk of his treatment and got his meds through the VA.

There was always a concern that he would miss his ride home, and he would remind them now and again. Once they actually did drag it out so long that he missed the van. They wound up sending him home in a taxi.

Well, I won’t editorialize and tell you what I thought; I’ll just let the facts speak.

I wish you could send a couple of days of rain our way, and dry out a little to plant the rest of your stuff.LOL


38 posted on 05/30/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I have a recipe for your visitor. ;)

Your raised beds look good.

/johnny

39 posted on 05/30/2014 2:50:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes

I have a link to some “ollas” (clay vase-looking things) if that doesn’t work out. I’ve seen the deal about using soda bottles.

It’s so hot here (I mean REALLY hot), I don’t know how well it would do. We might need to rig up some kind of drip system. We’re all going, but it would be back & forth for me, during the week & some weekends. I’d love to be that close to Crystal Beach (seaweed is wait high right now :eek: )
It’s going to be wild. if it happens. We have a week & 10 zillion things on our plate to begin with.

grrr just found out the garden is full of fire ants (downside of rain) lol Wonder if it could take my roots & the beans with me. I want those turnips & beets!


40 posted on 05/30/2014 2:50:14 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Qiviut

Thanks for the link.


41 posted on 05/30/2014 2:50:22 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella
Travel mercies for you. You can always stop by this shotgun shack if it's on your way (I think I have brownies made). You know the password. ;)

/johnny

42 posted on 05/30/2014 2:52:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Marcella

Have a great time. What is your destination?


43 posted on 05/30/2014 2:52:56 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
That ain't bad at all. Very good prices.

/johnny

44 posted on 05/30/2014 2:53:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GizzyGirl

What a great way to spend Memorial Day. Our grand children are all grown expcept one. She is entering puberty (sigh) and has no interest in the garden anymore-just electronic games. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!


45 posted on 05/30/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

HaHa love it.


46 posted on 05/30/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: greeneyes
So hire a cute teenage boy to do chores in the garden. She'll be out there. I raised daughters... I know these things. ;)

/johnny

47 posted on 05/30/2014 2:59:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: MomwithHope
Hubby had some sort of radishes that he swears had “cabbage” in the name. He planted them expecting cabbage, but he got a bunch of long cylindrical radishes instead. They make a good catch crop even if they do bolt.
48 posted on 05/30/2014 3:00:05 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; Marcella
What is your destination?

Crazy... it's a short trip. ;)

/johnny

49 posted on 05/30/2014 3:01:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: virgil283

That’s great to hear. I’ve been meaning to plant some lemon balm, but keep getting side tracked. Basil is also supposed to be good to repell mosquitos too.


50 posted on 05/30/2014 3:02:37 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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