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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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beeshlii 3 years, 1 month 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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bobberboy 3 years, 1 month ago

dumb remark bush - I could give it to BigPrune then he would have two.

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BigPrune 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

Hollis? Hollis? Hoooolllllliisssss!!!!....hey, don't ya think from the picture that Candy looks more like a Merc Shopper? Impressive countenance.

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g_rock 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm totally flattered that y'all think I'm 24.

<---redhead.

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scopi_guy 3 years, 1 month 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?

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

g-rock

Envious they are, keep up the good work. You have the opportunity to zero out the BS detector. They have to deal with background noise buildup so the accuracy can be compromised.

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

in the "what not to plant" column...add Jeruslum articokes...helioanthus damnicus. It is easier to get rid of Johnson grass than that crap. I don't ever plant any trumpet vine....some wise acre put that in the plant catalog and called it hummingbird flowers.

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g_rock 3 years, 1 month ago

You know what is most entertaining?

My married co-workers have gotten quite a kick out of my smartassness on this topic today. I guess the single bitter chicks are hot like that. Right? Thanks.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 1 month ago

I planted mint at the old house. I like a few mint leaves in my iced tea. Holy crap. That stuff spreads faster than VD in a sorority house.

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

Kudzu is easier to deal with than threading comments.

Never plant it, bamboo, or mint.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 1 month ago

I wish I could plant a seed and grow unthreaded commenting sections.

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

You boys best quit and decease making any reference to that Garrison Keillor fellow...there is an election coming up and you don't want to be accused of influencing anything or anybody....just sayin...Not that keillor reminds us of anything or we are big Prairie Home fans....

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month 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!

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month 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!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I've heard that Garrison Keillor is a fan of Robert Mapplethorpe "art', especially photos of whip handles sticking out of bungholes. That sicko. Now I wanna fight him.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

Garrison Keillor is just wierd looking and annoying, much like Stephen King. Doesn't he live in some imaginary town or something? I'm not really up on Gilbert and Sullivan, but my folks used to play The Mikado sometimes when I was a kid. And I still have bad memories of that "Alone Again, Naturally" song by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

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Pywacket 3 years, 1 month ago

I've love to have one of these: http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/#!/home or one of these: http://www.teslamotors.com/roadster grow from seed in my back yard.

I'd even settle for one of these: http://www.lexus.com/LFA/

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

Hollis did you see HMS Pinafore when it was at the Lied Center?

On a separate note, I am fairly certain Garrison Keillor is a supporter of youthful homoerotic art. Probably people that look like him too for that matter...

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

I had this really square geometry teacher(pun?) once. I don't remember his corny joke, but the punch line was High Pot In Use.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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g_rock 3 years, 1 month ago

Damn, my man-plant just washed away in the downpour...:*(

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

Damn Hollis, I almost peed my pants!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news, With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. -For Ronaldo

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month 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!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

Shewmon? Finally! I like it when Shewmon drops in. He always makes a lot of people mad. Happy Friday, Tom.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

I think John Mayer made out with Taylor Swift, but when she realized what happened she ran away screaming. No one likes John Mayer, no one. Especially women, except for the yucky ones. I'm gonna play devil's advocate and say I like Ayn Rand. Why does everyone hate Ayn Rand? It wasn't her fault Atlas Shrugged.

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tententen 3 years, 1 month ago

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month 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.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

There's a thorn tree in the garden, if you know just what I mean, And I hate to hurt your feelings but its not the way it seems, 'Cause I miss her. She's the only girl I've cared for, the only one I've known. And no one ever shared more love than we've known. And I miss her.

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

RoeDapple (anonymous) says…

I still haven't forgiven Jesus for killing the olive tree.

He did a good job for me and cheaper than Merrill what with his situation...Oh, not 'hay sus", nevermind.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month 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).

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sissezz 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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Richard Payton 3 years, 1 month ago

The Good Book says plant the seed.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month 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.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 1 month 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. "

That's what I was thinking. Doesn't Merrill use environmentally damgaing two cycle engines to mow peoples yards for a living?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

Taylor Schilling is cool as Dagny.

That collagen filled nightmare of Angelia Jolie would have ruined Ayn Rand's Legacy.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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none2 3 years, 1 month ago

There are several plants I wish I could grow. I'll only list a few:

1) The American Chestnut This majestic tree was not native Kansas, but was all round the Appalachian Mountains. It provided nuts for animals and people, wood, as well as was a significant tree species in the eco system. Unfortunately, and imported Asian Chestnut blight fdecimated it to the point that hardly any trees exists. Science is trying to bring this tree back. You can read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American...

2) The Ozark Chinquapin (not to be confused with the Chinquapin Oak) Same story as its larger cousin the American Chestnut, but this one was native to the Ozarks region. http://www.ozarkchinquapin.com/ http://www2.volstate.edu/jschibig/ozark_chinkapin.htm

3) RedWood Unfortunately, the redwood that lasts for hundreds of years probably could never grow here. I suppose a good compromise would be the Dawn Redwood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metasequoia

4) PawPaw I just wish I could get one to grow. They are from around these parts, but I have had no luck getting them established. Note: Lewis & Clark ate PawPaws around this area. One reporting is at Case Park, KCMO which is just past where the Kansas River flows into the Missouri River: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=26783 There was even a story in the LJWorld about growing them here: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/oct...

5) Siberian Kiwi I just cannot get them to grow. They are supposed to be hearty in these zones. They hardly grew in the two years that I had them. They finally died out.

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somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

I would plant a Anne Hathaway/ marijuana hybrid

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budtugly 3 years, 1 month ago

A tree that generates diesel fuel...

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month 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.

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

A Free State beer well or an oil well. Tough choice and good to know my friends are growing enough golf balls.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

Is it OK to want to plant something and not have them grow, you know, just bury them?

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g_rock 3 years, 1 month ago

I want to know why the biochem kids are all into pancake syrup? Hmmm.

I'd plant good men because they are hard to find. And I'd use miracle grow because the ones I find are fertilized too much with BS.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month 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.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month 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.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

Now I'm craving soda crackers. Man, it's been like, forever. I just want to point out that those plastic bottles of Aunt Jemima are recyclable.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

James Franco, face-first in a bucket of dry cement.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

This question should have been asked at the Merc. My plants are growing fine, I'm just having a little trouble getting them to bud. I bet Sirus is one of those "Kill them with Kindness" types.

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BruceWayne 3 years, 1 month ago

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Loretta James 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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Bill Lee 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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unelectable 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

Is Sirus serious? Does he realize that Mrs. Butterworth is standing right behind him? Now I have a desire for really thin pancakes.....again.

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

Golf balls. I like a target rich environment.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 1 month 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.

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