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Nicky

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Pinkie, your home sounds wonderful, too! I love project houses with history, memories, stories to tell. 
Ben, your space is so lovely! It looks greener than I'd imagined that part of Washington. We've got tulips all over here now. Only two puny ones in my yard, but fields of vibrant colors in the area. 
Ali, you can buy those tinctures on Amazon. I hope your relative finds what they need! 
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My interest in gardening started with a misspent youth with a primary interest in cannabis. Accidentally took Agricultural instead of Horticulture in high school so I learned more about judging farm animals and stories from the teacher about how they would bite the testicle chord off sheep as some sort of initiation. Learned a lot about cheese. I started reading about growing and tried everything. Over time I cultivated over 1000 strains and bred more than 100 of my own varieties. Seemed like I would get insects every time I got a clone so I taught myself about genetics. It is amazing the availability of terpenoids and flavonoids in cannabis. Mints have a wide variety as well. I used to grow strictly vegetables and never thought too much of flowers. Flowers are extremely useful in attracting beneficial insects and creating a balanced garden. The pictures are not poly culture but the food garden is. I think there is about 40 production farms in the county I live in. Clones were brought from everywhere and so were Eurasian hemp moths and other destructive insects and diseases. A well balanced garden and good plant genetics takes care of the garden without spraying. There's and abundance of any cannabis related extracts in Washington State. It has become the usual to see giant plants and buildings full of cannabis. The crime rate has actually gone down. Kids get there hands on it but they always have. I remember selling pot to my friend's parents when I was in school. Nothing has changed but the regulations and openness of the industry. It is not unusual to see a 15' tall plant with a stem as think as a 40 oz beer bottle. Recently I have started looking into other plants for similar extracts. It is hard for people to get good paying jobs because there's no insurance standards for cannabis so there must be something as beneficial and mild without side effects. Unfortunately Washington doesn't have it's tourism industry as well developed as Colorado but they are working on it. I don't drink but the area is also well known for wine and now we have plenty of microbreweries and alcohol stills. I just need to figure out a way to combine a bowling alley, brewery, latte, restaurant, wine bar, and other recreation that usually wouldn't go together. Can't have it all I guess. Supposed to be close to 90 F today great time to find a shade tree and ice tea.
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Some people on horseback stopped along their travels and got some water for their horses. It reminded me of Western films like True Grit. They came from the western side of the Cascades heading to Idaho. A few years back another adventurer passed by with a wagon and team of horses. They spent a couple days at the lookout at the top of the Horse Heaven Hills. The group today had been at it a couple weeks and probably have just as long left. Definitely not what I was expecting today but good to see people out on adventures like that. Looks like a thunderstorm rolling in. It's always fun to be out in a thunderstorm they are mild not crazy like other parts of the country. Probably time to grow some scruff and become a drifter. Been fun reading.
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So many great stories and pictures! May I remind the garden owners that it is The World Naked Gardening Day tomorrow. I sure hope to see many more pictures (eh... selfies) soon! LOL!

(I do not have a garden anymore, only a tiny balcony.) More LOL!

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Good heavens! ... after reading all these very interesting posts I have come to the conclusion that I am a boring dull person with a dull back garden who very much does not like to travel 
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