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Just spent over 4 hours yanking out crabgrass from my lawn and the circle in front of the house (we live on a court and everyone takes turns mowing the circle, but the crabgrass and nutsedge are taking over), as well as yanking out volunteer maple trees and weeds like creeping charlie, creeping nightshade, and weed grasses out of a flower bed and then spreading mulch. Still have lots of weeds, trees, and mulch to go, but had to quit for the day due to darkness.

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I'm on my way!!
I will even haul water and pull weeds for my dinner!

I just looked up a recipe for that soup! It sounds delicious and it seems like a good soup day here (went down to 43F last night). I have lots of yellow beans from the garden, so I think i will give it a try using yellow beans instead of green. (My green beans just have not produced anything this summer - not sure why...)

Many thanks for the inspiration!

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Come on down! I'll set another plate on the porch overlooking my flowers and hummingbirds!

Just logged 4500 steps in just 2.5 hours working on the vegetable garden and landscaping. I carry water from the water barrels on the house to the garden--that's exercise for sure!!

Cut trees and shrubs in the fencerow on the long driveway. I don't like to use weedkiller, but these "weeds" are killing me.

Forgot to add, I'll be making Serbian Green Bean soup with the tougher green beans. DH favorite! Even the vegan version I now make.

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MmmmMmmm, MRSLIVINGWELL, can I come to dinner?!

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JoanneJI: My dh calls me the "angry gardener" because I'm always mad about weeds or the tools that I can't find, haha. Need to be a bit more zen out there.

Put up three quarts of green beans, two quarts of tomatoes and one quart of pumpkin for the freezer yesterday.

Eating Baked ("fried") okra, grill roasted pumpkin, green beans sauteed with onions and garlic, mashed potatoes, barbecued beans with our bounty today.

It's soooooo hot this week, but I really need to plant bok choi, lettuce and brussel sprouts for the fall garden.

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WHITEANGEL, I have poor luck with basil... I have never figured out the secret to its success! I do love growing fresh herbs. It makes me feel so European! (I am not sure why!)
MRSLIVINGWELL, it is because if you carried them in your pocket, you wouldn't allow yourself the opportunity to sneak in some fitness by having to walk back over to the garden shed to get those ties when you need them. Lol! Isn't it true tho, when we need the shears, we have the trowel; when we need the trowel, we have the rake; when we need the rake we have the hose...

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As I was having health problems during the spring planting here, I have herbs in pots. They are doing fairly well. some are spotty, but I do have a good basil and rosemary plant. The basil and thyme are just doing some, but not really great

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Didn't water because rain is called for today, but here-rain is spotty in august, even if called for.

Need to support an eggplant plant that has a huge double eggplant on it! Knocked off an eggplant from another plant and it ripened enough so that I could grill it yesterday for baba ghanoush.

Why do I never have tomato ties in my pocket so that I can tie up a stray tomato stem when I'm there?



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It seems like everyone, everywhere has had unusual or extreme weather this year. Too hot, too humid, too wet, too cool...
We have had such a wet cool summer - and then a huge hailstorm - that what is left of the gardens is 2-3 weeks behind where is should be. I hope we have a long warm fall with plenty of sunshine, or there will be very little fresh produce to consume.
Makes me wonder how the pioneers did it!? What if I was depending on this food for survival. It would be a long and hungry winter ahead...

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After all the rain this Spring, when we wondered if it would ever dry up enough so the ground wouldn't make squishing sounds when we walked, we are now really needing rain. I know it happens this way every year. Ground is dry and cracking, grass is starting to go dormant, and we are having to spend lots of time watering.
At least the temperature is in the low to mid 80s for the week, and night temps and humidity are low enough that we can have the windows open overnight and let some fresh air in.

I thought we were going to lose at least 2 tomato plants due to poor drainage at the rented plots so that the roots were starting to rot, but hubby did hill up the dirt lots higher around the stems and then watered that enough so the plants were able to form new roots and survive! Time will tell if we actually get any tomatoes off those 2 plants, but at least we didn't lose any like we have in some years. Getting zucchini and yellow summer squash now, and we did get our first tomato last week (one of the Big Rainbow ones). Haven't gotten any beans yet, since the rain did cause most of the first planting to die, but the 2nd planting is now growing so hopefully we'll have some of those pretty soon as well.

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It has been fairly comfortable at my sisters, but back to the home humity Saturday

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I'd be delighted to do a 50/50 swap of days with you, at least for the next 2 months.

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We are hot and rainy. Cannot get out and work in the yard at all. too hot or too wet

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Janey, I wish I could share half-and-half with you. You send me half your hot days, and I will send you half my cool, rainy days...
We had two sunny days in a row, now back to overcast with rain forecast for later.....

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Oh that is so sad about the hail.
I am once again fighting to keep my plants alive in the 3rd week of mostly 90+ degree days. Not expects to go under that this whole week. I have another tomato plant asking me to let it die in peace instead of watering it at the last minute.

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WOW! Sorry to hear about all the damage you've sustained. Glad to hear no one was hurt.

My brother in Colorado had large hail last year. Only one car was in the garage at the time, all the rest were outside and the damage was so extensive they were all totaled by the insurance company. The news on TV actually sent a camera crew to their street to film the damage and you could see my niece's car with all the windows smashed and huge dents.

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Every location has it own gardening-related pests and problems. I am so thankful we don't have poison ivy or oak here where I am! But we have lots of invasive plants that are so hard to control!!
And we have hail. Golf-ball sized hail... On July 31 we had a hailstorm that punched several holes in our siding, put multiple dents in our car and cracked the windshield in three places, and wiped out much of my garden and most of my flower pots. I am still cleaning up the mess, and it will take weeks, if not months, for the insurance adjuster to get to our claim. My next-door neighbour's big living room window was smashed in completely - fortunately no one was hurt. The whole town looks like someone went through with a machine gun!



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Oh, please do not ever use Roundup.

I'm not allergic to poison ivy or poison oak, and several times I have helped relatives by cutting out poison oak on their property. Maybe you know someone like me, haha! Seriously, you could cut out the plants yourself if you take some precautions.

If you are sensitive to the plants, wear clothes that completely cover your skin, a bandana over your nose and mouth, a hat, and sturdy protective gloves. Cut out the plants and remove as much of the plant material as you can. Once you are finished, take off your clothes and immediately wash them. If you are severely allergic to the plants, just hire someone to do this for you.

The plant material can be composted in an enclosed compost pile. Don't leave the plant material laying around where you might come in contact with it, as it will still have the oils on it even as it dries out. Also, don't burn the plant material, as the oils can be carried on the smoke. I know someone who worked fighting wildfires until she was firefighting in an area with a lot of poison oak, and didn't have adequate respiratory protection. Inhaling smoke is irritating enough, but inhaling smoke laced with poison oak oils is extremely irritating!

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We have had so much rain in the last ten weeks that I have only had to water a handful of times. I am sick of the rain, but it does save time when I don't have to haul the watering can about. Today looks bright and sunny! The garden will welcome the sun as much as I do!

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I aim for early morning, but evening works too in my climate as we don't have much humidity to cause mildew problems.

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What little I have this year has to be watered daily right now. I do it early morning

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I hope everyone's gardens came through the national heat wave with out too many losses. I've been getting out early to water and adjust mulch.

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Sounds ;ole a great garden for the year

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I am finally starting to be able to harvest some goodies from my garden! Peas, Swiss chard, onions, and carrots are all ready to eat. Strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons are piling up in the freezer. A few beans are hanging on the plant, and starting to fill out. I have a few tomatoes gaining in size, and blossoms on my zucchini and squash plants.
We were even able to dig some new baby potatoes the other day. It is like eating silk!
I am so ready to begin enjoying fresh veggies!

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@JANEYBEE very helpful, thanks. But I think I'll still hire someone else to do it. :) Fortunately, I haven't noticed any around here.

We also had deadly nightshade, really beautiful plant, beautiful red berries. Not sure if the two go together but they sure seemed to in my former backyard.

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Very cool! Thanks.

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Awesome-Cate new subject. You are from Harwichport? I spent my summers on Pilgrim Road as a child. We sold the family house must be 20 years ago now.

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Did you see this in the SP article today?
"In a recent report in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity evidence showed that gardners who worked in their yards one or more hours each week experienced fewer recent falls, had better balance as well as increased walking speeds compared to those older individuals who did not garden."

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On Poison Ivy (doesn't even grow here) I heard Mike McGrath talking about it on his radio program. He says even if you don't care about organic don't use Roundup on it as you are left with dead leaves stuck in the group with the plant's oils still on them still ready to get you. The method he recommended was to soak the soil and wear large disposable plastic bags on your arms and pull out plants and roots all at once, disposing of glove/bags frequently and send it all off with your trash. Rinse yourself with cool water, no soap. Hope this helps someone.

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Hubby is using a product that a friend brought him. It apparently is very strong as he uses 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. Where he spayed it, the weeds are dying. Unfortunately there were a lot of weeds and the grass is trying to fill in. If you use more than called for it will also kill the grass. I am wanting to scatter grass seeds in the yard rather than sod. I want a mixture of different grasses as that was the yard we had. We got that with the storms cress crossing the state one year. We had about 6 different grasses and had a beautiful yard. We had not been able to get it before

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Although I try my best to use organic methods, let's face it. Some weeds are really hard to kill. And I HAVE used roundup on them. Bindweed can have roots that are 5-7 feet deep - really hard to dig those out. The only other option for those is to keep pulling the plants as soon as you see them, in hope of eventually exhausting the reserves in the roots, but that is easier said than done. I've also battled some grasses and wild lettuce whose roots grow horizontal, and if you don't pull out every bit of root, it grows back. They also sprout new plants along those roots. Creeping charlie is another one that you have to get every piece of stem out or it will grow back, as it spreads along the vines.
I battled the grasses, wild lettuce, and creeping charlie in a strawberry bed for years and never did defeat it. I ended up digging up the entire bed (including all the strawberries), removing every piece of root and stem I could find, then using roundup on any weeds that came up after that. It was the only way I was finally able to reclaim that bed, and it took at least a year to do it. Now I just pull any weeds that show up by hand and am back to organic methods of control.

I would use whatever I could to get rid of the poison ivy - including hiring someone to kill them with roundup and afterwards removing the dead plants - then once it is gone you can go back to organically controlling any other weeds in that area.

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So what do people do about poison ivy? Overheard someone on a gardening list I belong to say that she couldn't use a certain product because her garden is organic. But if you are really terribly allergic to it, what to do? I've heard that you hire someone to do it for you (dig it up by the roots). My allergist told me to get someone to use roundup on it for me, which I never did, but after going through terrible times with awful poison ivy on my legs (two summers in a row), I avoid this stuff like the plague.

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Grasshoppers - one book says you can make a trap for them by combining 1 parg molasses with 10 parts water. Pour solution in a jar and bury it in the soil to it's rim, leaving the top open. The grasshoppers will supposedly dive into the sweet solution and drown. Obviously you don't fill the jar all the way, and you probably need several jars around your garden. Handpicking them also works, but you need to do it early in the morning before they have warmed up and become more active.

Grasshopper spore disease: www.gardeninsects.com/grasshopperbai
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is an article which explains how grasshopper spore disease (nosema locustae) works. You can google nosema locustae bait to try and find places that carry it. It has to be refrigerated to help it last longer, since it doesn't have a long shelf life. More effective at earlier stages of grasshopper lifecycle. No idea how large an area it treats or if the grasshoppers will eat it instead of your plants. Some brand names of it are Nolo Bait and Semaspore
www.arbico-organics.com/product/nolo
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carries it ($21 for 1 pound or $51 for 5 pounds). But you have to check to see if they will even ship it to your state. I noticed they won't ship to mine. No idea why. (that link also has more explanations on how it works as well as other details, if you want to go that route)
Floating row covers and cheesecloth can sometimes help, though it's hard to protect a large area. Grasshoppers prefer sunny areas, so those can add shade as well.


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I don't like having to use a bunch of bug repellent on myself, even the natural kind I've made myself, to keep the mosquitoes away. But for the one section of bulbs I still have to dig up, it's either that or I'm going to have to get a fan out there set on high to so it will be too strong for the mosquitoes to be able to land on me! Actually, that doesn't sound like such a bad idea, as it will help keep me cooler while I'm digging too!

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I hear you. I'm battling scale on my magnolia tree (the one right next to the driveway that hubby won't let me cut down even though it is a PAIN). Scale is dropping honeydew all over the driveway and my car, which won't fit in the garage. So now I'm parking far down the driveway to avoid getting any more honeydew on my car (after spending an hour cleaning my car and scrubbing the driveway to get rid of all the sticky stuff already there)! I read that NEEM is supposed to help, as well as horticultural oils (most can only be sprayed while the tree is dormant, but I did find one through Gardens Alive! that can be sprayed during the growing season). Have to pick up NEEM at Home Depot today, and will try that first, then maybe the oil in a week. Hope it helps, but scale is tough and may take several treatments, plus this is a mature tree. Means getting up on a ladder to attempt to spray as much as I am able to reach, but if any of the branches higher up are affected, I'm going to need a higher ladder and lots of luck!

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Got the garden area mowed yesterday before 11 but even then the humidity was a killer. Another thunderstorm last night. 1/4 inch in about 20 minutes. Garden needed it. Today out to pick peas, carrots and anything else that is ready and spray my garlic, mint, cayenne mixture and see if it slows down the grasshoppers. May have to resort to a commercial spray.

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So true. I was trying to dig up the rest of the daffodil bulbs in my back flower bed this morning. Only managed to dig for 10 minutes before I had to quit - as the area is in the shade and the mosquitoes thought I was their breakfast! I was hoping to get it done this morning while it is still cool out, but guess I will have to wait until the sun gets higher and shines in that area.

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How come the truer the joke, the funnier it is?!? Lol!

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Joanne - weeding help is ALWAYS appreciated! The battle against weeds is never ending. I'd say you earned those berries. I have a sign for my garden that says "Free weeds. Pick your own". No one seems to want to help themselves to my weeds though.

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Thanks for the article KIMJ01. My poor basil looks so sad....

I have been helping out at the community gardens here. Nothing formal, just a weed-pulling work bee from time to time, and a few weeks ago we did a big planting and put in a bunch of Saskatoon, raspberry, and honeyberry bushes, as well as some perrenial flowers. The organizers do all the important work... I am just grunt labour!

And of course, I do my bit to keep the ripe berries from falling on the ground - as in I PICK THEM AND EAT THEM!

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I just spent over 2 hours ripping out creeping charlie, creeping nightshade (do you know they form vines and can climb up trees and bushes? Just discovered that as I was pulling some that I can get to now that my neighbor took down their fence), plantain, dandelions, and lots of other annoying weeds! I definitely call that a workout.

As for rabbits, I have used Hinder in the past (it used to be the only repellent safe for edible plants, but there may be new products out now which you can also use on food plants). It is a spray that makes the leaves taste bitter. Have to reapply after rains, and it is most effective if you put it on at the beginning of the growing season, so after the first nibble, they will avoid those plants as they think they are bad tasting (unless they are really hungry, then all bets are off). If they've already been eating the plants, it isn't as effective, since they have already learned the plants taste good sometimes. Ro-Pel is another taste repellent, which are more effective than smell repellents, though I'm not sure where to get that. A spray of fish emulsion also may repel them, though it is the smell, not the taste, so may be less effective (but it makes a good fertilizer as a bonus).

Used cat litter can help repel rabbits (that's what I used to finally persuade a stubborn chipmunk to stop digging tunnels under my front porch to bury all the food he was gathering), but I'm not sure you want to use it in your flower beds. Plus cat litter is clay, which we have more than enough of in our soils, and I wouldn't want to add any more to it. You could put it in pans so the scent is there but it doesn't get on the ground. Best to replace it once or twice a week with a fresh batch.

Hair (human, dog, or cat) may also repel rabbits, but again it has to be replaced about twice a week. Just put it in mesh bags (or old pantyhose) and spread them around the bed or hang them from some plants. Need to be no further than 3 feet apart to work

Blood meal has often been suggested, though I have never tried it.

There are some plants that rabbits won't eat. They supposedly don't like ones that smell strong, are prickly, or taste bitter. You could try planting a border of them around your bed (even a mixed border in case your rabbits didn't get the message about some and decide they like to eat them). I don't know if any actually will totally repel the rabbits, or if they won't still try to get through the border to the tasty plants they like. Sweet alyssum, ageratum, Lantana, Cleome, wax begonias, strawflower, vinca, snapdragon, poppy, salvia, milkweed, globe thistle, catmint, artemesia, yarrow, and even tomatoes and peppers are supposedly plants that rabbits don't like.
Of course, they aren't supposed to like bee balm or black eyed susan or sunflowers either - though for the sunflowers it is just the flower itself they don't like but they do like the stalks and leaves, so maybe that's the case for the other 2 plants as well. One article I read said they don't like pot marigolds and geraniums, another article said those were some of their favorites.
Interplanting onions and garlic among the flowers may also help.
You could fence off the area with chicken wire (holes have to be smaller than 2"), making sure to bury it at least 6" deep. Not the most attractive, but you could always plant some vining plants to help hide the fence.

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@1234MOM rabbits are a plague. I think all my sunflowers were taken down by rabbits. Would get a FEW (darn squirrels) sunflowers and within a day of getting to full height, they would have toppled. Sigh. This link from imustgarden might be useful. but I think rabbits are like deer, they will eat anything once they are at a certain point of hunger.

www.imustgarden.com/repel-ra
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and this one might also be useful:

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@JOANNEJI googling problems with basil brings up this information: www.gardeningknowhow.com/edi
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As for me, I am wondering how many of you work in community gardens. Any wise tips to share? I need to start working in the local one to get my hours in as an EMG. haven't done it yet, due to a number of factors, but I think it would be a good project for me.

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Does anyone have some insight into the growing of basil? When I bring the bedding out plants home from the greenhouse, they are lush and green. But every year I have the same problems: half die off, and about half turn sort of spindly and yellowish and start to flower writhing three or four weeks. I am disappointed every year, b/c I love basil, and I want to grow my own!!!

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Kit looks like the deer problem is fully discussed here. My problem is the rabbits eating all my naive flowers in the garden: cone flower, black eye Susan, bee belm, sun flowers and of course my hosta. I've been using a garlic cayenne pepper spray with mixed results. The only reliable deterrent is a cage and I just don't have enough. Any other ideas before I fashion more cages for the garden?






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So sorry you haven't been able to follow through with your gardening plans. Perhaps when your feet are fully healed you can plant some short season or cool season things. You might also consider some pots of various sizes at table height to make it easier to plant next year. You could fill them with compost and potting soil and stay out of the dirt.

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Thanks. I have had open sores on my ankles and could not deal with the dirt. One ankle is completely healed and they other is very close But too late for my garden plans for this spring I do have a supportive Hubby who has put my herbs in a pot so I would not have to deal with the dirt, but he does not have the time for my garden plans. Beans from non GMO dried beans. two raised beds I had planned and the area near the woods for some blueberry bushes etc.

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Sounds like you got just enough to have some variety and have fun with it.

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Oh my goodness, WHITEANGEL, I sympathize with your foot issues. I have two friends with chronic foot pain, and it really does restrict what a person can do. When they are healthy, we don't realize how important our feet are! I hope you are able to get I resolved and get back out in your garden!

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Well as I have been having trouble with my feet and ankles I have been unable to play in the dirt. Hubby fusses at me, but he has put my herbs in a large pot. I do go out and water the pot just making sure that nothing is getting on my feet, etc as I can only wear open shoes at this time. My herbs are doing good, but I had planned for so much more to plan this season. I had a small veggie area plotted out where I could take care of it. I have not asked Hubby to take that over as he has so much more to do around here.

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