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      1. Well I heard that if too much of the cambien is cut into it will die.
        In 1994 I actually had a professor who said something like
        “If you want to kill your neighbor’s tree cut it this way at the base” – how sinister.
        and well – since that time I have some folks we know pretty miserable if their neighbor’s have annoying trees and so I realized that was where that professor was coming from (and he was professor emeritus)

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      2. I looked it up after you posted this. A fruit tree will produce less fruit and trees will have yellow leaves if they lack iron. I wonder if hammering in a big iron nail would work?

        We crush and powder egg shells to add calcium to our garden. I guess it is kind of the same idea.

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      3. Hi – cool that you looked it up – and so fun to learn. I have heard about the egg shells but have not done it – and I read recently (think on a blog) where someone grinds up the egg shells and claims that they offer a very absorbable calcium for humans – and I guess it is all about what we absorb not just ingest.
        and with the nail – I bet that would worj – but aren’t most nails steel or they are galvanized metal – probably not the same thing as the real iron.
        and not to get too long here – ha – but my older song for a while was only using cast iron cookware – and i try to – but it is heavy and well – I end up using stainless and the regular cookware.

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      4. I love to learn new things. Too bad I didn’t feel that way when I was in school! πŸ™‚
        Ha! You know, I just assumed everyone is like me and collects odd things like old iron nails. I do really.

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      5. That is fun that you collect odd things 0 and iron nails! wow. we have a few old pieces of tie downs from a train track that was taken up and then a few old iron things – but how nice that you have collections. It is a very nice thing to do – and hey especially for exploring advanced photography.
        and regarding the learning –
        it is truly a culture thing for our youngens to take learning for granted (happens in a place where education is readily available).
        I once read a bio about a lady who came from Russia (decades ago) and she saw food shortages all her young life. Then in the US – she saw teens not eating their meat and veggies – just option for a roll or french fries and she was like “oh what we would have done in our country fro such good food.”
        and I read about a guy in south korea who can’t go to school to learn coding or tech stuff – so he is scrapping info from books to make old phones sellable.
        yeah – so many of us don’t appreciate the opps for learning ever – and then some of us do when we get older – eh?

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      6. That is neat about the guy in South Korea, good for him! I don’t have a big collection, but our property used to have an animal livery and blacksmith shop on it. When we dig gardens or do landscaping, we find all sorts of things. I can’t throw them away. I love old things.

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      7. how cool is that – what a nice advneture and property to be on.
        and our neighborhood was built on an old farm. which was atop some old battle sites (civil war) and some have said (we no none of them) but they found bullets and small things from the civil war period.
        we found nada – just orange clay soil that needed tons of help.

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      8. Hi – yes – we have neighbors actually pull some of the orange clay and shape and mold – almost terra cotta-like –
        and the first bulbs I had that actually grew in the soil (before I amended it) were gladiolus – wow – was shocked – seems as if they can grow in anything

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      9. yes- i was shocked at how well those glads did – and they still come up.
        I divide them every year – and sadly the last five or so I have tossed many of the bulbs after dividing – neighbors have enough and I am not sharing enough to warrant joining garden groups.
        and the cool thing with the glads is how they start early sprouting in decemeber sometimes (here in VA we have mild winters usually) and so they brought joy in 2004 (maybe 03 -cannot recall) and continue to bring something special (wanted to share that cos you and RG have the heart for flowers for sure)

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  1. It would be weird to see what would eventually happen with those sculptures if the tree were still alive. In 8 years, my oak tree has almost completely swallowed up my squirrel feeder into the trunk! The hook is completely embedded now, so it can’t even be removed. Trees can grow so fast!

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