Grow your Own ~Planting time

Spring here in the UK has been a long while in coming. I think its been the longest 7 months I can remember, as last years wash-out Summer spilled into a wet cool Autumn, which ended with the coldest winter in over 50 years. Spring seemed to never want to spring as we had yet more deep snow, and even now the buds are only just showing us their green tips as they sleepily awake from their cold winters slumber. The chill is still in the air.

Onions and Shallots. White and Red.So today I went with Hubby to take a few photos..  as even I managed to get down and plant a few onion sets last week which were watered today as we have had strong winds which are drying out the earth this week.

In the front are 6 rows of Potatoes, there are 4 more rows to put in.The Potatoes are in, We have earliest and the main crop. We are putting 10 rows in this year.. Potatoes here have risen in price due to many farmers fields being flooded and waterlogged.. The potatoes are lying in the ground unable to be harvested as the machinery cannot get through the water-logged fields so they lay rotting.

The Bean poles are in, but the Beans are not set yet,Seeds being Chitted too early and cold. But we will start them off in the green house.. Like we are doing the sweet corn. which is already sprouting.

In front of the Beans Poles we set the Parsnips these were started off  by germinating on our window sills on damp kitchen paper, the term is called chitting They are soaked and kept damp and warm to encourage sprouting. Before being planted in the ground.. We did this with our Beetroot too and they are just showing above the ground new growth.

Rhubarb coming through and we transplanted the Raspberry canes

On the left is the Rhubarb coming through and those rows of sticks you see on the Right are the Raspberry canes which my hubby thinned out this year and transplanted. Our Raspberries rotted in the rain last year as did our Strawberries. The little bush to the bottom right is a Gooseberry bush. 

So this year I took all the newTop raised bed-Strawberries middle is Luttuce -bottom Spring Onions and raddish shoots off the old Strawberry plants and replanted in a raised bed freshly prepared with good compost and manure at the base. We created 3 raised beds seen here.  the others will have Salad foods grown in them such as spring onions, lettuce, and herbs.

Transplanted Strawberries

 

The weather has been so cold, that most of our plants have been started off on window sills in our home, then they have been transferred to the cold frame in the allotments.. Below you can see the brassica selections of Various Cabbages, January Kings, Savoy Kale etc just starting to sprout nicely.

In the cold frame, Cabbages Various and Kale

So, We have made a start, All the hard work goes to my husband who has been putting 2 hours in the allotments each day preparing and digging in the manure and clearing it ready for planting..

We have also put into pots the Tubas of the Begonias  which have been over wintered in dry compost in the side shed of our home. These are going in the baskets and pots around our home. 

I hoped you enjoyed your own garden and if you don’t have much of a garden you can always start growing various things in pots which look good on Patio’s and Balconies.  Such as Strawberries and Tomatoes in hanging baskets..

Enjoy your Garden and outdoors…and I am happy to once again be able to Grow my own in the outdoors as the weather is improving..

 

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  1. Visionkeeper
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 17:34:19

    You’ve got a really big space DW…Looks really nice and hopefully this year they will leave the weather alone!!! My seeds are under lights and sprouting happily so soon we will be out and about with hands in the dirt and a happy heart! Hang in there, the time is coming…..Loads of love….VK

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 15, 2013 @ 17:40:25

      Yes I never so happy as when out connecting in nature. As to the weather? well….. maybe I should leave that for another Blog! LOL…. the skies are a criss-cross with trails each day… no let up…… It makes my heart cry as I know the fall-out is contaminating everything… So getting away from that except to wash everything really well…
      Im hanging on though.. willing Change and Light to lift us to the next chapter! 🙂 Loads of Love Back.. xxx

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  2. dontchawannadream
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 18:18:26

    Hi, Sue!!! It’s been a while! Thanks so much for your comments. Made my day!!! 😀
    Wow looks like you’re having fun. I’m not good at all to take care of plants. So I’m impressed! lol
    Have a lovely day!!
    xxx

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  3. Deb
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 18:48:36

    You have a lot of work a head of you, Sue! But that’s okay, I know you love it! 🙂
    Have a great week! xo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 15, 2013 @ 18:51:41

      Hi Deb, thank you, the hardest work is over as Hubby dug it all over.. but a couple of hours each day once the weeds start to grow should see us keeping things in order.. You too enjoy your week.. xox

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  4. prenin
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 20:00:28

    You and my grandmother have a lot in common! 🙂

    I remember working in the farm’s kitchen garden and remember when I managed to stab though my foot with a pitchfork I was given to break up the ground with! OUCH!!!

    Lots of love!

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 09:33:39

      I remember your account of that incident Prenin 🙂 As a child I remember slicing down the side of my wellington boot as my foot slipped off the spade in my Dad’s allotment. Lucky for me my foot was ok.. But Dad wasn’t too pleased as it meant I needed new wellingtons 🙂

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  5. penpusherpen
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 20:10:37

    A handy looking amount of allotment space there Sue, we’ve tried growing strawberries in the garden but we have so many slugs and snails they had a glorious feast as we stood by and watched, not able to do anything… (even the hanging baskets, ) Apparently there was an upswing in Snails and slugs last year, with it being so wet and mild, hopefully some of the little darlings have been sorted by the hard winter and Spring… I know there’s ways of getting rid, but I can’t bring myself to do anything, not kill them, I mean, as I believe everything has a right to life, I do try and tell them to push off but they take no notice… 😉 … You look fully prepared for anything there, so I wish you a bumper crop later on in the year.. (leave all the back breaking stuff for ‘him outdoors’ … 😉 ) … love ‘n’ light my friend. xPenx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 09:50:00

      Yes the wet weather Pen brought on the onslaught of Slugs and snails, our strawberries perished as did our raspberries they rotted in the wet and cool weather and got devoured to boot! 🙂 Glad some thing thrived last Summer LOL. Most allotment holders were the same, poor crops. We have a very small tub size pond of sorts which the frogs love, some allotment holders have larger ponds as some have ducks and hens etc..So the frog population is great and they must have had a feast last year on the slugs… I had to fish out a dead toad the other day from ours as the Ice must have trapped it.. Yes I dont use anything to kill them,. I have a small pond in my back garden at home as well, and the frogs in there take care of the slugs… Im looking forward to tending the allotments this year.. Lets hope we have more clement weather to help the growing season.. 🙂 Thanks Pen for your welcome Visit.. Hugs Sue x

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  6. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 20:15:33

    Lovely to see these pictures Sue and I wish you some wonderful vegetables this summer. We are trying a mini (very mini) orchard in the garden – minarettes – we’ll see how they do. So good to see your allotment. Take care Sue and have a good week xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:14:01

      Ruth thank you with your well wishes and Good luck also with your mini orchard.. We had a lovely plum tree in our garden that grew in a tub, it gave us lovely crops until one year it fell foul to an unknown disease and just died on us.. But many fruiting trees can be grown in miniature this way giving enough fruit for a family. Good Luck

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  7. europasicewolf
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 20:27:02

    You have been busy! No dreaming but lots of good hard labour I think! Spring is hinting at arriving which is great since I’m on a week’s annual leave and going home to visit family on Thursday! They love gardening too and have a beautiful big garden and a greenhouse, They enjoy being close to nature and the Earth, like you 🙂 Have a lovely week 🙂 xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:17:16

      Hi Wolfie, enjoy your visit to family.. 🙂 sounds nice 🙂 Yes the weather is slightly better. I have seen some huge bumble bees this week buzzing around in search of blossoms, which are still not in bloom up here as yet… but the Daffodils are at last breaking open their yellow smiles.. Glad to have your paw-prints upon my own part of the Earth Wolfie… Enjoy your time off work.. 🙂 xx

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  8. wenzowsa
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 01:54:52

    What an amazing looking garden with so much potential. May it bring you the best of the Earth’s bounty!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:21:33

      Thank you we have had the allotments for many a year now, this year it needed a good dig over from top to bottom with manure.. We had 10 ton delivered which my husband dug in as he turned the earth over.. Lots of hard work on his part.. I love the planting, and will be weeding when needed and of course my favourite bit, harvesting 🙂 Thank you so much for your visit 🙂 and commenting ~Sue

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  9. Christine M Grote
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 01:58:11

    Your little seedlings look terrific. I never have good success with that and may give up trying. 😦

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  10. livingsimplyfree
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 02:01:03

    Sue, you have such a lovely plot. I am way behind on getting some things started and too early on others. I just can’t figure out the weather. Today the little ones helped me prepare and get carrot and radishes in the raised bed and I had a delivery from a neighbor of seeds she wanted to pass on. I so hope we all have a good summer for gardening.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:32:50

      So do I Lois I hope we do not have the wash-out Summer and Autumn we had last year..Isnt it good when the Grandchildren help plant, 🙂 I had my own little one all yesterday and I got her to plant some Sunflowers in pots she loved it. She is an outdoor girl and just loves Nature, and I plan to teach her all I know.. She already knows the names of several flowers in the garden and at just over 2 she is a bright spark in my life 🙂

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      • livingsimplyfree
        Apr 17, 2013 @ 17:14:03

        You have done well, Sue. That’s amazing that she can identify the flowers in your garden at such a young age.

        Yesterday we had thunderstorms off and on all day, I had my grand-daughter as well. In between the rain we headed outside. She amazes me by what she remembers from last year. she spotted worms in puddles and informed me worms were good because their poop gives our plants vitamins. She then proceeded to pick up all the worms, alive and dead, and carry them back to the garden where she carefully placed them near a plant.

        Our grandchildren are our future, we need to help them learn everything they will need to know to deal with an unpredictable future. Your grand-daughter is well on the way!

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:26:46

          Yes our Grandchildren are our future 🙂 and thats exactly what I mean about their memories, I am certain my own children were not as bright at retaining information at their ages.. They need to be strong willed and bright I think, .. Loved the story about the worms 🙂

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  11. orbphotog
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 02:17:04

    Very impressive! I love the watery crystals that form on the homegrown vegetables when sliced.

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  12. Renee Espriu
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 03:41:22

    I commend you!! It has been years since I did any real planting of a vegetable garden. Good you have your husband to help you out. With working fulltime it is even difficult for me to work in my yard. We are changing over to a new computer system and there will be weeks of training coming up, which is just the hopeful end to it all, as the workload has been immense…hence, I am tired alot more than usual…and I’m always tired. Love your photos and thank you for sharing. Take Care

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:37:17

      Hi Renee, I am just the helper Lol.. All the credit goes to my Husband, I sow, weed and harvest, my digging days are few and far between… It sounds as if you have been under quite a bit of stress what with one thing and another of late Renee, I hope the new system makes for a much easier working day for you.. Love back ~Sue xxx

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  13. becca givens
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:38:30

    After many years — we are trying a new system. We’ve planted couple of type of tomatoes, cucumbers and several types peppers. If this system works, then we will expand into more choices. 😀 Thank you for your earlier encouragement. xoxo

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  14. Valentine Logar
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:14:18

    I am so envious of all the fresh food you will have! Our winter, like yours has been brutal but finally my two little fruit trees out front have bloomed and my lavender in back is beginning to green.

    Perhaps spring is going to finally arrive.

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  15. Eddie Two Hawks
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 17:46:26

    You and your husband have made a great start in the garden and it looks good. I am sure with the help of mother nature it will provide much food and you will be rewarded for your hard work. much love, Eddie

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  16. starproms
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 11:42:43

    Surely the weather will turner warmer soon? Your plot looks wonderful. All it needs now is some sunshine, right? Good gardening…!

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  17. natswans
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 16:58:03

    Your plot looks great Sue a lot of hard work there,,which in turn will reward you both.I grew Strawberries in my baskets last year , which took off very well.
    The Sun hopefully will warm up the earth for you , you must keep us updated .
    Well done
    Hugs Sheila xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:24:22

      Will do Sheila, just back from a morning in the allotments, I tied up the Raspberry shoots to a frame which Hubby put up, and today we planted the Peas between us.. It is Sunny on and off but extremely windy.. Definitely blew the cobwebs away! 🙂

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  18. kp
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 01:31:06

    Wow…you two work fast! And your yard looks wonderful. I can hardly wait to get to my garden!! Thanks for the inspiration on the fruit and veggie front!!

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  19. marja
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 08:39:13

    Very well organised. Great job. We’ve got two huge rhubarb plants. One is recently taken over by a wasp nest. We still have to deal with that. We had a great harvest this year. Lovely all these little pots. Good luck with your garden!

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  20. giselzitrone
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 21:11:14

    Hallo liebe Sue danke dir für deinen lieben Besuch,der Garten geht doch vor ist im Moment sehr viel Arbeit ich weiß hatte selber mal einen Garten aber schöne Bilder,ist ja ein riesiges Stück was zu bearbeiten ist,viel Arbeit.Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches schönes sonniges Wochenende.Lieber Gruß und Freundschaft.Gislinde

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  21. Alex Jones
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 21:20:49

    It looks like a large plot you have there Sue. The length of this winter has been hard going for me. I am glad Spring broke through in the last few days.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:31:48

      Hi Alex yes it is good Spring at last is at least trying to warm up a little, although today another cool day.. the Sun has tried several times behind the rain clouds..

      The plot which we measured where we planted was 165ft long by 45ft wide last year. that doesn’t include the sheds or the space behind the sheds where we have water barrels and a compost heap.. All told I guess the whole plot is 200 ft in length… and In the whole allotments I would say there are about 200 allotment holders with similar size plots.. The land was left for this purpose by the Duke of Portland many years ago…

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  22. lorrena
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 00:25:28

    I have sunflowers and several types with all sorts of colors for planting in a place in the woods near an opening to welcome the sacred year and years we have had.
    My favorite flower and reminding us all of the merging of Earthly and Cosmic spirals and the cycles of time.
    Namaste

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:35:46

      I like the variety of colours of Sunflowers Lorrena however you hardly ever see other than the yellow ones planted around here for some reason!.. Yes the Seeds are there to remind us all I think of how we are all connected if we could all but look and See!. 🙂 We are all within the cycles and spirals of time!
      Bless you for adding your thoughts ~Sue

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  23. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 18:23:08

    as always you weave words that makes me/us feel as if we are a part…
    I would love to come visit you one day and walk with you, though not sure I could keep up…
    what a wonderful start to a productive and active Spring….Gaia is smiling I am positive…
    your gardens are beautiful Sue…I am working on mine, though we have been
    in the 40’s…crazy weather ..though keeping us from becoming complacent and realizing all the changes ….
    Thank you….a fantastic treat right as I head out to water and weed somewhere and prepare another bed for planting…
    Take care…Sue….You Matter much…
    )0(
    maryrose

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  24. Shakti Ghosal
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 08:35:43

    Hi Sue,

    Loved the spontaneity of your post.

    It indeed is a great feeling of positivity when spring is in the air in colder climes like yours.Almost as if the world and all that it holds is getting renewed and reinvigorated.This feeling of positivity holds the potential of sending positive vibrations all across. Such vibrations, when sent out, can only attract similar positivity and healing. But are we, as society open to that as we scamper through our daily lives? So what is that shift we need to bring into ourselves to allow us to receive?

    As I think of this, William Wordsworth’s words come to mind.

    “For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.”

    Blessings

    Shakti

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 22, 2013 @ 14:32:22

      You have picked one of my favourite poems with my favourite poet Shakti, I have the pleasure of owning a first edition of W, Wordsworth poems ..

      The ‘Shift’ has to come from our own ‘Thinking’ -those thoughts and dreams and places in solitude my friend.. We can either stay in the Spring of our minds and bloom like the Summer.. or we can shrivel in our cold dark thoughts of Winter of discontent.

      The Choice is always ours which ever way we wish to grow– We can aspire to the ‘Light’ as our plants do… or we wither and die … Nothing is lost however, for all goes back to Mother Nature.. ALL GO BACK TO THE SOURCE! 🙂

      many thanks my good friend for your visit.. always a pleasure to see you Shakti..
      ~Sue

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  25. aussieian2011
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:24:28

    I envy your garden Sue, you have so much space and potential, I have to grow my stuff above ground as we are renting in a landscaped area, your garden reminds me of the English show Bread, with Freddy Boswell and his allottment, a place to go and enjoy your own garden. I have no success with potatoes, they are planted from seed potatoes but end up with no size.
    We are now heading into winter here yet the days are still warm, weird weather here, the cooler on during the day and the electric blankets on at night, it will even out in a few weeks.
    Cheers
    Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 22, 2013 @ 14:39:55

      Yes these are Allotment gardens Ian only a few minutes walk from our home.. And laughing as I remember well that series Bread… LOL now thats going back a fare bit.. 🙂 LOL.. us old-uns will remember..
      Hope you can get to grow some Veggies Ian even if only in pots! … You can grow potatoes in pots if you have some muck in or good compost!.. How about some Runner beans in a pot with some Wig-wam canes.. LOL.. or hanging basket Tomatoes ..

      I can not imagine Electric Blankets in Aussie Land.. But then I know the temps plummet below at night..
      Love to Ana for me.. Hugs Sue xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 22, 2013 @ 14:39:55

      Yes these are Allotment gardens Ian only a few minutes walk from our home.. And laughing as I remember well that series Bread… LOL now thats going back a fare bit.. 🙂 LOL.. us old-uns will remember..
      Hope you can get to grow some Veggies Ian even if only in pots! … You can grow potatoes in pots if you have some muck in or good compost!.. How about some Runner beans in a pot with some Wig-wam canes.. LOL.. or hanging basket Tomatoes ..

      I can not imagine Electric Blankets in Aussie Land.. But then I know the temps plummet below at night..
      Love to Ana for me.. Hugs Sue xx

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  26. leroywatson4
    May 04, 2013 @ 17:06:47

    Up in Wales, gardens need to be tough! We have planted our seeds for the year and hope for better than last year (slug-fest). I am up-ing the slug defences and hoping for sun and fewer storms. I love gardening and wish the very best for our plants this year. Light! lee

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 05, 2013 @ 19:51:53

      Yes the slugs had a field day didnt they with all the rain and floods..
      We have everything planted more or less now, and are hoping this season is kinder to us gardeners.. I intend this year to grid the allotments with some crystals 🙂 Every little helps! 😎

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  27. joseasanoj
    May 06, 2013 @ 20:12:02

    Good post

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  28. livingsimplyfree
    May 07, 2013 @ 23:05:48

    I too have started things indoors I have carrots and radish in the ground already, indoors I have onions, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, corn, and spaghetti squash. Today I started cantaloupes, and still have more to start. we did spot flowers on the strawberry plants so weather permitting it shouldn’t be long before I can taste them again. I am looking forward to the day my plots are expanded enough to have the variety you have.

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