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If you could plant anything and have it grow, what would you plant?

Asked at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St. on March 4, 2011

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riverdrifter 6 years ago

Sirus has it right.

Otherwise, you can't beat garlic, tomatoes and sweet corn. And pumpkins: big-ass pumpkins just for the fun of it.

Richard Payton 6 years ago

Do you still live in that Log Cabin with Sirus?

unelectable 6 years ago

um... huh, huh. what were we talking about? oh, plant it and it will grow like weeds. huh, huh.

Bill Lee 6 years ago

It's hard to beat homegrown tomatoes, but I'm thinking about trying blueberries this year.

Loretta James 6 years ago

I agree with bacon the price is crazy. But i really love tomatoes the big ones one slice makes a sandwich mmmmmmmmmm

BruceWayne 6 years ago

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Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Food not lawns... in the front yard too!

America's lawns = the most irrigated crop and the most polluted which is washing into our waterways. Five years ago Minnesota banned all fertilizers containing Phosphorous and New York has followed suit. More on the way says Sierra Club magazine.

Lawn people pour on 3 times MORE pesticides per acre than farmers..... cancer anyone. Again from Sierra Club.

The answer: Grow clean yards = Grow Food Not Lawns and Bombs without toxic fertilizers and pesticides.

tunahelper 6 years ago

typical leftist tree-hugging scare tactics. symbolism over substance. blah, blah, blah, throw in some name calling, etc. leftists have no common sense and love telling everyone else how to live their lives.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Claymores. I tell you, after a night of walking the perimeter, staring through the Night Owl binoculars and having that little incident when the opossum set off the bouncing betty, I'm ready to call it a night. Oh, and golf balls.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

This year I'm going to try okra for the first time. The Mrs finally allowed it in the house after 38 years and I love it. Fried or pickled. Not so much raw.

sassypants 6 years ago

I love okra. It's a toss up between fried or pickled though. I got a new Earthway Precision Garden Seeder last year for my birthday. I used it a couple times end of summer, seems to work good. Can't wait to give it a "real" workout this summer. I started the tomatoes and peppers in the house a couple weeks ago. I am so ready for spring.

Deja Coffin 6 years ago

I would love some tips on growing okra if you have any. We've never grown it before but love okra and are slowly getting more confident in our gardening abilities. We're also thinking about growing hot peppers along with the usual green peppers. We're not fans of the hotter peppers but love how they look on the vine so hopefully my dad is ready for us to send them his way! Has anyone tilled their gardens yet? I'm hoping the weather can stay nice enough for a few days to dry the ground up enough so it's not a muddy mess.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

I would think gardens are much less profitable to mow than lawns. But that's just me. A fellow cut 'n paster.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Guess Luke has never heard of a "cash crop". Not that I . . . .

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

agreed! in conjunction with Merrill's front yard idea.

Maddy Griffin 6 years ago

Talk about manure overload.Puhleez!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

cuzin speak ( or woud that be "speek"?)

RoeDapple 6 years ago

So g_rock, would you say then, a good man is hard to find but a h@rd m@n is good to find? 8-l

CHKNLTL 6 years ago

We live in kansas. Go out in the woods and adopt.

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

"merrill (anonymous) says… Food not lawns... in the front yard too! America's lawns = the most irrigated crop and the most polluted which is washing into our waterways..." The irony meter just bent its needle against the upper stop.

somedude20 6 years ago

I would plant a Anne Hathaway/ marijuana hybrid

Jean1183 6 years ago

Do yours produce fruit? I brought back some fruit from a trip south and made some of the most delicious jelly and fried pies!

I kept some of the seed and will try growing them, but if I'm unsuccessful would you like to sell some fruit?

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Anything but Haters. They're worse than crabgrass, full of BS to keep themselves regenerating. Mow 'em down, they keep coming back.

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years ago

Yes... Merrill is a "do as I say, not as I do" progressive.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

None: I've planted several American Chestnut trees I got from a nursery in Iowa (not to be confused with Chinese or European Chestnuts). Have had real problem getting them to grow however. We had A. chestnuts tree stumps (6+ feet in diameter) on property in Maryland which were still sending up sprouts many years after the trees were killed back by the blight back in the early 1900's. The sprouts would grow up to about 15 feet and then die back, only to be followed by a new set. There is supposedly a great native stand of large trees doing well in Wisconsin or Minnesota, west of the blight area. Go to American Chestnut Foundation for more info, also on Chinquapin. Have about 1,000 board feet of chestnut lumber we salvaged from a 200 year old tobacco barn in Maryland. The wood looks like oak but weighs about 1/2 what oak weighs.

Pawpaw: Started some from seed, difficult to transplant because of long taproot. Skinners Nursery in Topeka has them in 1 gallon containers for about $10; may be your best bet. Young pawpaws like to be shaded until they get established, then take full sun. Lots of research done on this plant at Kentucky State University

Another great tree, American Persimmons; the one in the front yard of Strong Hall on KU campus is a great example. I've started trees from seed from that tree, and they are producing.

Richard Payton 6 years ago

The Good Book says plant the seed.

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Internal combustion lawnmowers must be banned immediately to keep them from killing the planet. Not banning them would be dumb and irresponsible!!!!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

I still haven't forgiven Jesus for killing the olive tree. Temper tantrums seem so beneath him.

sissezz 6 years ago

Myself..... then everyone could have one of me! :)

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Great quote "A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees which he knows full well he will never sit under". Elton Trueblood (1900-1994).

blindrabbit 6 years ago

West Lawrence is populated by "Yard Nazis"; striving to out compete their neighbors by having the greenest, most meticulous lawn, all the while polluting with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, consuming water and mowing with air polluting gasoline lawnmowers. All for the sake of vanity.

tententen 6 years ago

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RoeDapple 6 years ago

Wow! just got off the phone, arranged to pick up 300 well used golf balls super cheap and 6 cases of old bowling pins for free! First warm weekend I will practice making the world safe from terrorist sporting goods!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Sorry 'bout that g_rock. As you know, most of them have a very shallow root system . . .

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Which helps explain our infatuation with big four wheel drive SUVs

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Roe and Hollis: We all know about First Amendment but it didn't specifically address mental masturbation. Kinda off the topic, but maybe nothing else better to do!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Hollis, Hollis, Hollis. After your 12:18 I can only laugh and let my imagination run wild at what your 12:22 could have been!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

. . He casts . . . eases back into his contoured boat seat . . . and gets his first nibble of the day!

RoeDapple 6 years ago

I kinda thought she might be a brunette (In a healthy, gentlemanly way, just in case the bunny rabbit is still watching)

Mike Hatch 6 years ago

Grass on my side yard.

Went to Border's the other weekend (not much of a sale), looked in their Gardening section. They had a shelf and a half devoted to books about how to grow the other kind of grass. Wonder if that's just the way it is at their Lawrence location or if it's like that in every shop in a college town?

BigPrune 6 years ago

k-pot. so i could start an itchy hemp clothing line all the vegetarians could wear to add to their suffering.

beeshlii 6 years ago

Pinederosa tree in my back yard in Sanders Ariziona. i been planting them for the last 5 years and they keep dying.

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