Tell Me Your Gardening Tips and Burpee Gift Card Giveaway

by Robyn Wright on February 26, 2013

in Reviews & Giveaways

burpee catalogWhen I was very young Grandma and Grandpa moved to the country. I do not recall if Grandma was a catalog shopper before she moved there, but I know once she was in the country she had tons of catalogs always. One of my favorites was the Burpee catalog. They have plants and seeds for growing just about anything.

I would go visit Grandma and she and I would sit on the couch and look through the Burpee catalog. She gave me a small notepad to write down the things I liked best as we browsed. My favorites were always Marigolds. Then she would have them shipped to my own house so I could plant them. I miss sitting on the couch with Grandma looking through the catalog.

Gardening is not really something I am good at, but I do like planning. Luckily, Hubby likes to grow veggies so I can help plan and he does the gardening part with just my occasional help. This year we are going to try to start some seeds inside since it is cheaper than buying plants to start. This is where you come in! I want you to share your best planting, seeding, growing, etc. type tips with me and Hubby. I will draw a winner who will win a $50 Burpee Gift Card even!

Win a Burpee Gift Card

The Giveaway: One winner will receive a $50 Burpee Gift Card.

Required Entry: Share with me a tip about planting, seeding, or growing – keep in mind we have a very small yard and limited gardening space! YOU MAY LEAVE ONE UNIQUE TIP PER DAY!
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Rules: You may only enter the stated number of times per method listed above. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. If I catch you cheating you will be banned from this and all of my future giveaways! This giveaway is only open to those in the USA, ages 18+. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. I will pick a winner and email them and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: None. This giveaway and post is NOT sponsored by Burpee. It is just a memory of my own to share and I thought a giveaway would be nice too.

© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 Robyn's Online World February 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Come on and enter!

2 wcc February 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I grow my plants from seed indoors every year. So rewarding and fun! Cheap too! One tip that I always use is to use cornmeal on the peat — it helps tremendously with damping off. :) Good luck with your seedlings and thanks for the chance! Absolutely love Burpee’s products! :)

3 wcc February 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I’m already a daily email subscriber.

4 wcc February 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I follow on twitter (@whitechocolatec) and tweeted here: https://twitter.com/whitechocolatec/status/306602929547247617

5 yonawilliams February 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

If you have deer, consider container gardening. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

6 yonawilliams February 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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7 Kathy February 27, 2013 at 5:25 am

I fertilize what space I have for maximum yield
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8 Kathy February 27, 2013 at 5:25 am

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9 Kathy February 27, 2013 at 5:25 am
10 write4fun February 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

I don’t do any gardening, but when we were small, we had a round Sears kiddie pool, about one foot deep. Our dad would put the pool under a downspout during a huge summer thunderstorm. We would swim for a few days in a FULL pool –then when the water got icky and full of leaves, our dad would hook up a hose and drain the water down the hill, onto his garden plot. Nothing was wasted! Anyhoo, my tip is — for watering.

11 Tiffany C February 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

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My tip is if you plan on having blueberry bushes, use a netting to prevent birds from pecking at all your fruit! Likewise for veggies, use a chicken wire fence and put it around the perimeter of you veggie patch, otherwise, the squirrels and bunnies will get to them!

12 Tiffany C February 27, 2013 at 9:20 am
13 Tiffany C February 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

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14 Cheryl Smith February 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

we planted in 5 gallon buckets last year and it worked great. Took up no garden space and only a bit of deck space. We had tomatoes, grape tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini and my husband made it into a self watering system. So easy to set up and grow

15 Cheryl Smith February 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

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16 Vickie Couturier February 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

my tip is that I start my tomato plants early by seeds in the house,they are cheaper that way an I can plant them when they are big enought

17 Vickie Couturier February 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

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18 Vickie Couturier February 27, 2013 at 10:25 am
19 nanlara February 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

when we lived in an apartment i used lots of pots to create a colorful flower display by our door. so my tip is to don’t underestimate potted plants on non plantable surfaces like concrete or decking

20 nanlara February 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

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21 sandra February 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

i find things grow better in pots indoors

22 sandra February 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

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23 Kitty February 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

In the bakery section of your supermarket they will give you used 5 gallon containers that can be used as pots. They need a good wash and holes in the bottom. Start seeds for varieties that do well in containers.

24 Kitty February 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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25 Kitty February 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm
26 wcc February 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm
27 Elsie February 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I love to grow a variet of sunflowers, and I start the seeds for different types early in the organic divided seed trays, then just cut the trays apart and place in the soil once the plants have gotten a few leaves.
The birds and chipmunks leave the small sprouts alone.
Sunflowers are wonderful for color, attracting butterflies and birds, for providing food to grasshoppers and birds, and for photography opportunities or bouquets…so they enhance a garden or yard all summer long!

28 Kelly D Saver February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

My tip is to buy worm fertilizer to help the plants along. My dad is the gardener, and he bought this for his garden this year.
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29 Kelly D Saver February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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30 Kelly D Saver February 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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31 Sheila V February 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Before planting, go to your local Home Extension Office and get a free kit for soil testing. Send a sample of your soil into the specified location on the test kit to see whether your soil nutrient content is sufficient for growing what you are planting. You may need to add fertilizer and work it into the soil before hand. Never fertilize at the same time you are planting seeds or starter plants or the fertilizer will burn them up.

32 Sheila V February 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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33 Sheila V February 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I am following you on twitter @StillPhoto1897 and tweeted: https://twitter.com/StillPhoto1897/status/306990490451054592

34 Kathy February 28, 2013 at 5:23 am
35 Vickie Couturier February 28, 2013 at 6:02 am

I always weeded my garden early in the morning when the dew is on an the ground is soft,the weeds come up so much easier

36 Vickie Couturier February 28, 2013 at 6:02 am
37 Debbie Welchert February 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

When I planted my green beans I used my foot to measure the distance for the next seed to plant. It worked out pretty good when the plants came up too.

38 Debbie Welchert February 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

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39 Debbie Welchert February 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

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40 Kitty February 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

I save newspaper which I put down between the rows to keep weeds under control. Large grocery brown bags are great for putting around the veggie plants to keep weeds down and helps retain moisture.

41 Robyn's Online World February 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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42 Kitty February 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

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43 wcc February 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm
44 Kathy March 1, 2013 at 5:46 am
45 Vickie Couturier March 1, 2013 at 9:04 am
46 Vickie Couturier March 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

watering early in the morning is better than when it gets so hot,,it absorbs better in my opinion

47 AngelaLilly March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

If you are short on space, plant in planters. You can grow everything from herbs to potatoes to corn in the right container!! I have done it all!

48 AngelaLilly March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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49 AngelaLilly March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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50 AngelaLilly March 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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51 Ravzie March 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My best tip is to let the husband do all the hard work, LOL! There’s a reason they call it yard WORK, Robyn, it’s not yard fun!!! Don’t over do, whatever! Enjoy!

52 Ravzie March 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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53 nanlara March 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

use miracle grow to fertilize your veggies you will get some nice veggies

54 chelsea r March 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Use old panty hose when growing cantaloupes they will vine up any kind of fence, you just have to keep an eye on them for runners.

55 chelsea r March 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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56 chelsea r March 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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57 Kathy March 2, 2013 at 7:21 am
58 Vickie Couturier March 2, 2013 at 8:03 am
59 Vickie Couturier March 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

when gardening,be sure to “dead head” or remove bulbs or stems that are dead so it doesnt take away from the “live” plant

60 nanlara March 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

my tip for seeding is to start them indoors so the roots have a chance to develop before being put out in the garden

61 wcc March 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm
62 Domestic Diva March 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Make sure you water. Really.

63 Sarah C March 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Give everything enough space! When you have only a little, it is SO tempting to cram in as much as possible, but quite a few things really do better overall (yield, health-wise, etc) if you give them their space!

64 mefink March 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Use black matting so you don’t have to weed. I love using it because it is way to much work to weed a garden.

65 mefink March 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm
66 Kathy March 3, 2013 at 8:28 am
67 wcc March 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm
68 slehan March 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Pay close attention to what the seed packets say about planting.

Thanks for the contest.

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69 slehan March 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm
70 Vickie Couturier March 4, 2013 at 7:03 am
71 Vickie Couturier March 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

you need to check the garden daily for any signs of animal or insect invasion

72 Kathy March 4, 2013 at 7:39 am
73 chelsea r March 4, 2013 at 10:17 am
74 AngelaLilly March 4, 2013 at 10:22 am
75 AngelaLilly March 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

Start your own seeds! You can save TONS of money doing this and you can do it as small as you need to! You can do it anywhere if you get one of those little seed starting kits that is its own greenhouse too! They come as small as a foot squared!

76 Kitty March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I save my husbands old undershirts to cut up into strips and use to tie the tomatoes and eggplant. They are stretchy enough and I always have lots on hand. I keep a shopping bag in the basement stairwell and just add to it throughout the year.

77 Kitty March 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm
78 wcc March 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm
79 wcc March 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

If your seeds start to get leggy indoors, when you plant them in the garden plant them deeper than you normally would – even up to the first set of leaves.

80 slehan March 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm
81 slehan March 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Pay attention to sun levels needed for plants (shade, partial, full sun)

82 Vickie Couturier March 5, 2013 at 7:36 am
83 Vickie Couturier March 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

make sure to remove ripened veggies ,if they are left to rot,they will decay the other veggies that are touching it

84 Kathy March 5, 2013 at 9:23 am
85 AngelaLilly March 5, 2013 at 11:17 am
86 AngelaLilly March 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

When starting seeds, it is important to water the roots so that they do not grow shallow. Once your seed sprouts, you will want to start watering from the bottom of the seed starting tray to promote root rather than green growth!

87 wcc March 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm
88 Gianna March 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I poke a few holes in old kemps ice cream gallon buckets, use the lid as a saucer and fill with rocks, dirt and seeds to grow on my porch.

89 Gianna March 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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90 Kathy March 6, 2013 at 4:21 am
91 Vickie Couturier March 6, 2013 at 6:00 am
92 Vickie Couturier March 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

my grandmother always said to plant certain things when the signs were right,she had her almanic an used it faithfully

93 Kitty March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Don’t wait until plants are wilted to water. Anticipate water needs and water deeply, not just the surface. Wilting stresses plants and may decrease yields and/or lowers the quality. Don’t fertilize during a heat wave.

94 Kitty March 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm
95 wcc March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm
96 slehan March 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm
97 slehan March 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Pay attention the the Zones listed on seed packets

98 chelsea r March 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm
99 chelsea r March 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

We rotate where and what we plant every year.

100 Kathy March 7, 2013 at 4:30 am
101 Vickie Couturier March 7, 2013 at 7:38 am
102 AngelaLilly March 7, 2013 at 9:59 am
103 AngelaLilly March 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

It is very important to be aware of what zone you are planting in and what zone the plants you want to grow are zoned. I always try to plant things that are safe to plant in one zone below and above my own, so that if we have a super harsh winter or summer, the plant won’t die!

104 wcc March 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm
105 Lisa Samples March 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Don’t forget to label your seedling….lol. I forgot and now I have a bunch of plants but not sure what they are…

106 Lisa Samples March 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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107 coriwestphal March 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I like to start my seeds inside, usually around spring break. That almost always guarantees a strong healthy plant!

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108 coriwestphal March 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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109 coriwestphal March 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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110 slehan March 8, 2013 at 12:22 am
111 slehan March 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

Make sure your indoor seedlings get plenty of light.

112 Kathy March 8, 2013 at 4:33 am
113 Vickie Couturier March 8, 2013 at 6:14 am
114 Vickie Couturier March 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

when you plant be sure to have enought space between each one so they arent crowning each other out

115 AngelaLilly March 8, 2013 at 9:12 am
116 AngelaLilly March 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

Grow everything organically and start with organic seeds! You will truly taste the difference and see the difference in all the critters and pollinators you see in your yard, which all leads to better harvests!

117 Mary Somerville March 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

I do some ‘companion’ planting. It can help keep down weeds, and keep pests away. My favorite for tomatoes is Shiso- It can grow up to 4ft. and is a lovely purple color! The young leaves are good in mixed salads.

118 Mary Somerville March 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

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119 coriwestphal March 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

My tip for gardening in small areas is to do a container garden! You can move it wherever you want, and as long as your pots are roomy enough, you’ll have a good crop!

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120 coriwestphal March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm
121 chelsea reboulet March 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm
122 chelsea reboulet March 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Another tip for gardens is to be vigilante against pests they can ruin a garden. Also powdery mildew spreads like wild fire on vine type plants melons and such.

123 Nancy Bowers March 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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124 Kathy March 9, 2013 at 4:16 am
125 AngelaLilly March 9, 2013 at 7:20 am
126 AngelaLilly March 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

If you layer your mulch thick enough in the spring, your weeding will be pretty much non-existent! Do it right the first time to save yourself a lot of back breaking work!

127 Vickie Couturier March 9, 2013 at 8:30 am
128 wcc March 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm
129 wcc March 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Daily tip: If you plant the same vegetables every year, make sure you rotate where you plant them.

130 coriwestphal March 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm
131 coriwestphal March 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

If you want to plant cucumbers in a small space, give them something to climb. A trellis or even planting corn stalks. Cucumbers will climb almost anything and save lots of square footage!

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132 Nancy Bowers March 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm
133 Nancy Bowers March 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

You can make a second planting of cool weather veggies (snow peas, lettuce) in late August if you have a shady spot.

134 chelsea r March 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm
135 chelsea r March 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm

With a small space go with containers.

136 Kathy March 10, 2013 at 4:15 am
137 Vickie Couturier March 10, 2013 at 6:29 am
138 AngelaLilly March 10, 2013 at 10:37 am
139 AngelaLilly March 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

For ornamental grasses, it is important in the colder climates NOT to cut down the dead last year’s growth until at least mid-April. This dead growth helps to protect the tender shoots of the new year’s growth!

140 Robyn's Online World March 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

Fabulous tip! Thank you!
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141 AngelaLilly March 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

YW!!! :-D

142 Mary Somerville March 10, 2013 at 11:59 am
143 wcc March 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm
144 Lindsey Hilgendorff March 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

My hubby and I live in a small apartment, so all we have room for are some pots with basil… My advice for basil is to make sure that you always leave the top smallest leaves and cut off the flowering part (unless you want to have basil all over your yard).

145 Lindsey Hilgendorff March 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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146 coriwestphal March 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm
147 Nancy Bowers March 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm
148 Kathy March 11, 2013 at 3:36 am
149 Vickie Couturier March 11, 2013 at 6:06 am
150 chelsea r March 11, 2013 at 8:05 am
151 chelsea r March 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

Read the directions and make sure to plant cherry type tomatoes in a container those tasty treats spread like crazy!

152 AngelaLilly March 11, 2013 at 8:57 am
153 AngelaLilly March 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

After your spring bulbs put on their show and all that is left is the greenery, it is very tempting to chop that down to the ground. DON’T! Those greens will continue to live for weeks, thus feeding the bulbs under the ground and promising you an even better bloom show NEXT year.

154 wcc March 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm
155 wcc March 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Daily tip: use trays with many holes so that transplanting will be much, much easier and barely any thinning out!

156 coriwestphal March 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm
157 Nancy Bowers March 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm
158 slehan March 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm
159 Kitty March 12, 2013 at 12:13 am
160 Kitty March 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

One of the best insecticides: your fingers and a jar filled with soapy water. Inexpensive too.

161 Kathy March 12, 2013 at 3:38 am
162 Vickie Couturier March 12, 2013 at 4:46 am
163 AngelaLilly March 12, 2013 at 8:26 am
164 AngelaLilly March 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

I actually read this on another blog that I follow and was amazed. Instead of using incredibly toxic RoundUp to kill weeds in your yard, use undiluted regular white vinegar. Spray it on just like you would any weed killer, being careful not to spray plants or ground you want to keep alive and fertile respectively because the vinegar will change the PH of your dirt. This is great for pathways and sidewalk cracks!

165 Mary Somerville March 12, 2013 at 11:16 am
166 Ellen Christian March 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Start your seeds in eggshells. It’s good for the plants and cheaper than buying little pots.

167 Ellen Christian March 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm
168 terry petero March 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This would actually be my first year for a garden, i have always helped my mom on her farm but never ventured to do one on my own so my mom is going to help me , and she uses all natural items, like the pie tins on a stick lol, and daily grooming and checking for bag worms, and any of the veggies that have gone bad she throws right back into the side of the garden into a pile its all natural feed for the plants. and my mom has grown some pretty big veggies.

169 Robyn's Online World March 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Nice to have someone like your mom to help with your first garden! Your kids will love helping too! Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: Tell Me Your Gardening Tips and Burpee Gift Card Giveaway

170 wcc March 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm
171 wcc March 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Daily tip: Make sure you set your seedlings outside gradually to get them used to the sunlight.

172 Cori Westphal March 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm
173 slehan March 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm
174 slehan March 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Pay attention to recommended pruning guidelines once your plants get big. Some plants just need light trimming and some need radical surgery.

175 Nancy Bowers March 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm
176 Nancy Bowers March 13, 2013 at 9:59 am
177 Nancy Bowers March 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm
178 Nancy Bowers March 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

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