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Top 5 Miniature Garden Kits Make Gift-Giving Easy!

Oh the weather outside is… um, who cares? We can still have some garden crafty fun with these wonderful indoor garden kits this season! Here’s what we have for YOU!

Don’t you just love the thrill of a new kit? The expectation of spending time doing Unique and unusual miniature garden accessories, kits, plants and more.something that you’ve really wanted to do. Savoring the fun of unpacking all the parts and pieces one by one, appreciating the moment and taking your sweet time. Discovering all the details, flipping through the instructions, enjoying all the photos before skimming the step-by-step instructions. Carefully planning a block of time to make and create or, calling up your Mom or friend to tell them, “Come over! It’s here!”

Or, it could be just me. But, I really don’t think so.

Kits can also be a way of creating a lasting memory, getting the whole family involved – or by simply making one with your Grandma over the holidays. You can get a few different kits for everyone to mix and match or simply get one kit for each person to make sure everyone leaves with a miniature garden. It will be a gift that keeps giving through the year as you check-up on each others miniature gardens, add special accents or accessories throughout the year and decorate them for an occasion or anniversary.

New Kits are a Hit!

Here are some fun kits for you to enjoy this season from the studios of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. There are indoor kits and hardy combos for outdoors too. Note that you can put any kind of container garden together at anytime as long as your potting soil isn’t frozen. So, go ahead, make a bit of a mess and get your hands into the soil instead of the shopping mall. It’s good for the soul and the environment; it’s a great gift to give and a very fun way to spend time with those you love this holiday season.

Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit

Our Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit.

The Classic Indoor English Boxwood Kit

A best-seller that we’ve been putting together for years now. The boxwood tree needs bright indirect light and does really well underneath a grow bulb too. (There are grow bulbs that can fit into regular lamps now!) The tree is paired with plants that like the same growing conditions for easy maintenance.

All you need for this Indoor Miniature Garden Kit is a pot, average 8” wide and deep, and potting soil with no additional fertilizers or water-retaining polymers, a pair of gloves, a water mister and a pair of scissors. That’s it!

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New Combo Kits

We have three different combinations for this season that you can choose what to include. These unique kits make a fun gift to give because it can just tickle the imagination by ordering the accessories only, or you can include everything to make a perfect gift of miniature gardening. Add the plants? Add a Gardening in Miniature book? The choice is yours! Patio materials, Mini Patio Mix and shipping by Priority Mail is included for US residences, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown here with the plants and Gardening in Miniature Book. You choose what you want to include!

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes two birdhouses and a birdbath for your miniature feathered friends, a rocker and a cedar trellis that is staked to hold up in the garden soil.

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown without the plants and book – can make a great gift too!

The Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes a wee doghouse, a bowl of dog food and the cutest rawhide bone you ever saw. An Adirondack chair and a stump-table are also included.

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit – add the plants, add a book, or not – it’s your choice!

The Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit has a very sweet bench and table set, garden hand tools, a water can and a picket fence.

Indoor Mini Garden Kits from Two Green Thumbs

New Indoor Mini Garden Kits are complete with soil and pot included.

New Mini-Mini Kits

This is our first all-inclusive Indoor Mini Garden Kit with the pot and potting soil included! The pots are really nicely done, pretty yellow or blue colors and come with a matching saucer. The plants are in a 2-in-1 pot shown above with half Baby Tears and half Dwarf Mondo Grass, and comes with tiny accessories, patio materials and a 32-page PDF is included.

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Tiny Moss Garden can make a great gift for a friend or coworker.

Tiny Miniature Moss Gardens

We’ve been playing with these for over two months now and they are still just cute as a button! Spray the moss at least once a day to keep it fresh. Tiny moss gardens can live on a windowsill and come with your choice of a gnome or a Buddha, a water mister is included. Moss is forgiving – if you forget to water it, it can be revived. Find the three different kinds of moss gardens up in our etsy store here. 

Any questions Steve and I are here to help! Get in touch: 206-352-0494 (PST – Mon-Fri. 10 -4 or leave a message!) or anytime at info@TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Need to schedule a delivery for a certain day? We can do that too!  The USPS deadline for shipping is December 20th. All our high-quality plants will be okay if left in the box for total of 5 to 7 days.

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A”Little” Miniature Garden Help

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The online garden community came together over the last few weeks to help a friend who has always helped us.

A”Little” Miniature Garden Help

I love it when a plan comes together. Okay, it was really a community of gardeners’ plan that happened through a secret group on Facebook to make it a surprise. The online garden group organized a campaign over the last few weeks to help Annie Haven of Authentic Haven Brand Manure Teas get re-established after a long and painfully dry summer that put her business in jeopardy. The drought in California put far too many farms and farmer’s families in a tight spot and we were glad to be able to help Annie just as much as she helps us and our gardens with her organic line of natural teas.

Miniature Moo Poo Tea Bags

After shrinking the labels on our copier/printer, the next trick was figuring out the packaging.

Your Garden’s Health is Your Health

Annie’s Moo Poo Tea is made from composted manure that is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO/GE feed, herbicide and pesticides. That’s not an easy feat among the shelves of chemical fertilizers and pesticides you see at garden centers, and the big-money advertising/product placement at the big-box stores over the last couple of years. Keeping a natural garden is more than necessary your children, pets and the environment, plus it is needed for the birds and other critters that help with the unseen cycle of garden-life that happens right under our noses.

But, as miniature gardeners, we don’t really want to fertilize our gardens too much because the plants will grow faster. The new potting soil that has fertilizers in it is the number one killer of miniature garden plants, and we try to educate every customer that buys our plants as much as possible. Regular potting soil, with no additives or polymers, usually has enough nutrients for the plants to grow at least two years before needing anything extra. And then after the two year wait, we usually recommend a mild, organic fertilizer. (Follow the instructions for using the regular organic fertilizers, some are time-released and others aren’t.)

Miniature Moo Poo Tea

I cut up a regular tea bag and quickly found out that using the loose tea for the dried manure wasn’t going to work. Instead, I used a cotton ball cut in half and rolled it up in tea-bag-cloth. To mimic the plastic bag, I cut up a corner of a small back and taped it with clear tape on the backside. Thankfully I had some “bigger” thread that looks like the twine that Annie uses on her packaging.

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So, where do we love using the Authentic Haven Brand Moo Poo Tea as miniature gardeners? Let me count the ways:Shop Miniature Gardens at Two Green Thumbs

-  Displays and Competitions: Start prepping your display garden by using Moo Poo Tea every time you water at least a couple of weeks before your big show. Go with the nature’s rhythm and use it during the growing season. If your competition is in the winter, compensate for the blast of nutrients by simulating spring – move the garden inside or to a warmer spot at least a month ahead of the contest so the plants don’t get too confused. Back off of the Moo Poo Tea after the competition, you don’t want the garden to grow, just to look its best. Graduate the garden back outside to the cold weather in stages being careful to avoid any extreme changes in light and temperature.

- Dividing and Repotting: Sometimes we get to this fun chore in the fall, but the spring seems to be better for when we really feel like being in the garden and getting our hands dirty. Give your smaller divisions and plant starts a good soaking in Moo Poo Tea before you transplant. I like to keep a bucket on hand when I’m sorting out my in-ground garden and put the new plants in it to keep them happy until I get back to my potting bench and start potting them up. “Water in” the new plantings with Moo Poo Tea to give them a good start.

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All that was left to do was to figure out the shot. This is our one-sixth scale miniature garden. A one-inch scale would have made the Moo Poo Tea package too small to register. 

- Rejuvenating: If your plants or garden gets too dry and the health of the plants begin to waver, soak the whole pot in a bucket of Moo Poo Tea for a couple hours. Making sure the soil is soaked all the way through by waiting for the air bubbles to stop and the pot to sink. Then take the pot out of the bucket and let the pot drain. Make sure the soil has dried-out to barely damp before you water it with regular water.

- Perfect for Young Kids and Pets: We relied on Moo Poo Tea this past summer when our dog was still a puppy because our regular organic fertilizer smelled delicious to our little girl! Oh my, she was so interested it it I had to put on the very top shelf of the potting bench! It only took one pot placed on the floor to realize that there was no way we could use it in our garden beds and pots. So, Moo Poo Tea to the rescue! While smelling equally as yummy to the puppy, at least absorbed immediately into the soil and gave our gardens the nutrients the plants needed – while NOT giving the puppy anything to get into. We kept the brewed tea in a reused kitty little bucket with a lid if we couldn’t use it all at once.

In our full-sized gardens, we just love it! It’s especially good for the heavy feeding plants like annuals and vegetables – and great for soaking seeds and bulbs before planting. We’ve tried her Alfalfa Tea for roses too – my miniature and full-size rose collection loves a good dose in early spring and another in early summer.

To find out more about Annie Havens’ Authentic Haven brand of teas here. You can order some for your garden plants through the website too – note that Annie always has free shipping!

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[Full disclosure: We don’t make any money from this recommendation/affiliation, we only believe in the product and the company.)

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Happy Halloween in the Miniature Garden

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Happy Halloween from TwoGreenThumbs.com!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN
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Decorating Fun in the Miniature Halloween Garden

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Decorating the Miniature Halloween Garden with a blend of DIY and new accessories. That’s a Cotoneaster with the berries on the left, and the “big” tree is a Nana Hinoki Cypress.

Decorating Fun the Miniature Halloween Garden

TIEG Chris Halloween

Chris, ViAnn and Della, of The Inland Empire Garden Club fame, go big each Halloween.

I saw a friend’s post on Facebook this morning showing her full Halloween display all a-glow and ready for The Day. So, I collected a bunch of my own miniature Halloween items and raided both of our online stores to see if I could do the same. It kinda worked, but I’m really missing the lights. Check it out, there are some DIY ideas in here that you may be able to use!

Happy decorating!

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Skeleton Birdbath: What to do with your broken miniatures? Glue them together a different, creepy way. Use moss and sand to hide the glue, then give it a light wash with acrylic paint, first in moss-green, then in payne’s grey. The bottom of this birdbath is part of a Grapevine Birdbath.

See the Grapevine Birdbath here. Above, see our Cotoneasters and Hinoki Cypress here.

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Skeleton Birdbath: Top view. The top of this birdbath is from our Cherub Birdbath. I used a smaller skull bead and some moss to hide the big chip in it. Again, I hid the glue by sprinkling moss and sand on the wet glue.

See the Cherub Birdbath here. See all our birdbaths here.

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Large size tombstones are the perfect scale. Staked to hold in place in the garden soil.

See our one-of-a-kind, large size tombstones here, in our Etsy store.

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Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well. We pinned the skull to the pedestal by drilling a rod through the back of the skull and a hole in the top of the pedestal. A little two-part expoxy made a nice, sturdy bond. That painted pumpkin is from the same set we carry in the Two Green Thumbs’ store.

Find the skull on pedestal here. We’ll have that creepy hand available in our Etsy store next week. (Email if you can’t wait: info@TwoGreenThumbs.com)

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Isn’t she beautiful? This was made from the broken base of the Cherub Birdbath and one of the pumpkins. I colored in the eyes, nose and mouth with a fine-point Sharpie marker. A tiny rod with a little two-part epoxy holds the pumpkin on the neck.

See the Cherub Birdbath again here. The pumpkins are available here.

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Skeleton torches are fun and easy to make. We used shish kabob skewers, drilled small pieces of driftwood, stacked them with the skull beads and glued in place with two-part epoxy. 

Find the green table and chair set here, in our Etsy store here. See it in white here.  See the black lamppost here, it’s staked on a rod to hold up in the soil.

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Cute details on the Pumpkin with Lid. The ferns in the background is really a ground cover, not a fern, it’s the Platt’s Black Brass Buttons.

See the Pumpkin with Lid, the smaller pumpkins are available staked here. And, Spooky the Cat is here. Find the Platt’s Black Brass Buttons here.

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Are you scared yet? This skeleton urn can be planted in different ways. Here we used a bit of preserved moss with Red Dragon Sedum cuttings. That’s Mr. RIP on the right. 

Find the skeleton urn here, in our Etsy store, it comes with Sedum cuttings. See Mr. RIP here.

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Celtic Cross Tombstone has wonderful detailing. Large size now available.

See the Celtic Cross Tombstone here. See smaller staked tombstones, medium size/ 1/2″ scale here.

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Tiny, medium-sized (1/2″) Tangerine Chair is just too cute. You can use it as decor for your large-size (1″) decor – as you would in your full-size decorating.

See the tiny chairs here, it’s also available in lime green, pretty blue and cherry red. See the pumpkins and cat in our Halloween Department here.

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I broke this St. Francis figure and couldn’t find the head – so he got a new one. I really hope St. Francis doesn’t mind. Lol!

See the all our miniature garden figures here.

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Working with Mini and Fairy Houses in the Miniature Garden

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Working with Plow & Hearth’s miniature garden houses today. We’ve worked their Fairy Garden Cottage with Turret into an already existing miniature garden layout here and found that it can add another level of curiosity and enchantment.

Working with Mini and Fairy Houses in the Miniature Garden

Working a tiny house into your miniature garden design can add another dimension to an already existing layout. Once the viewer sees the tiny house, the story starts to evolve and curiosity starts to bubble and perk as the questions begin: Whose house is that? What’s going on inside? I wonder if I can I see inside? Houses and buildings are especially effective with young children because their ability to suspend realism is very endearing, as well as the house being big enough not to get broken or lost in the garden bed.

Shop Two Green ThumbsSo, with a little help from Plow & Hearth today, we have a few houses to play with in various ways in our miniature gardens here at our studio. It is interesting to note that the few rules that do apply to miniature gardening apply to using miniature houses too. We found that it is still the combination of plants, patio and accessories with the house, that come together to create that “Aaawwww!” moment that delights and enchants instantly. Let’s take a look at the photos to see what works and what doesn’t.

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In the photograph above, we fit the house underneath the canopy of a Jacqueline Hillier Elm, top-left corner, next to small Shimpaku Juniper shrub to the left of the house, you see the tiny trunk. The tall column of the Sky Pencil Japanese Holly to the right of the house works as an anchor point and helps to put the building into perspective for us. The patio and furniture helps deliver the scale.

The bottom layer is filled with small-leafed Sedums and ground covers to cinch the garden beds and to nestle-in the accessories. I resisted the urge to clean-up the shot and left the fallen leaves and debris alone. Note that the simple things, like a log or a boulder, can add a sense of permanence to the scene.

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The same house, simplified. If you took away one element, the plants, the patio or the chair, the scene would look incomplete.

Here, we’ve used the same house in a different part of the garden – it’s Plow & Hearth’s Miniature Fairy Garden Cottage with Turret. The fine-foliage of the beautiful Tansu Japanese Cedar canopy on the right helps to put the house in scale, the smaller Balsam Fir and ground cover Red Thyme finish the simple scene on the left. If we didn’t have the patio and chair to complete the idea, the house would look a bit lost. This patio is made from rolled marble pebbles and tumbled glass pieces and laid-in by hand with our Mini Patio Mix Kit.

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I think there needs to be something else going on, like a birdbath or patio furniture. The house seems a bit lonely. Lol!

When photographing the houses, we found more mystery by photographing the scene from behind a taller tree or full-sized plant. That is a Pixie Dwarf Spruce on the right and another Balsam Fir on the left. The big trunk behind the house is a full-size Alpine Fir. The patio was made from our stone sheets and locked-in with our Mini Patio Mix Kit. This is Plow & Hearth’s Resin Thatched Fairy Cottage.

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Fitting a scene in an already existing garden still needed a bit of help to look right.

It was very fun to walk around the garden and see where the house looked its best but, funnily enough, we had to go back to our main components to get the look that we wanted. The patio and pathway situated the house enough to make it look like it belonged there and the smaller plantings brought the scale down to match the house. Here, in this photo, there were a couple of miniature garden trees and trees to work with: that amber-colored shrub to the left is a small heather and then to the left of that is a Pixie Dwarf Spruce help layer the full-size plants down to miniature.

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I couldn’t resist pairing the house with the reds and pinks of that Rose Glow Barberry behind it.

Now you can start to see how the smaller plantings around the house make it work. Now I want to live there. This is the Plow & Hearth Miniature Stucco Fairy GArden Cottage with Thatched Roof.

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The ground covers in this part of the garden were planted about 4 years ago. You can see how fun it is to left them grow and weave together. I’ll have to get in there next spring and weed out the New Zealand Brass Buttons (the mini fern-like plant) as it is fairly invasive.

Just a little patio is all you need – pardon the pun – this one was made from marble pieces, an ivory stone sheet and our Mini Patio Mix. The Plow & Hearth Adirondack chairs are an invitation to come on in and sit down. The stumps are staked to hold in place in the garden soil. Again, the rocks add a sense of permanence. Find the miniature garden ground covers up the our online store here.

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Have fun tucking some miniature details here and there to pique the viewers curiosity and force them to come in for a closer look.

Sedum cuttings in the wee pots make the perfect miniature container plants. Now you can see how aggressive that New Zealand Brass Buttons is but it grows on runners, so you can easily shovel-prune it or pull up the runners by hand. But boy does it look sweet.

Plow & Hearth carries the best book on Miniature Gardening too, if I may add. See Gardening in Minature: How to Create Your Own Tiny Living World up in their store here.

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New Miniature Garden Trees are for Bonsai and Railroad Gardening Too

Miniature Garden Trees and Shrubs

White Bud Mugo Pine is a favorite for the miniature garden. This one has been groomed for a bonsai start but we can take advantage of that, and use it as a “big” miniature garden pine tree.

New Miniature Garden Trees for Bonsai and Railroad Gardening Too!

The fall shipment of miniature garden trees arrived this week and, as usual, I was chomping at the bit for the truck to arrive. I think it’s seeing them all at once that does it. The miniature and dwarf conifers come in an astounding number of colors, textures and personalities that is simply inspiring.

If you haven’t considered a conifer or dwarf tree for you miniature or fairy garden, please do. It will change the look of your miniature garden dramatically and make it look like a true garden in miniature. See our full line of miniature garden trees and plants here, there is something for almost every zone too.

New “Pre-Bonsai” Trees

In addition to our favorite miniature garden trees and shrubs we received a bunch of pre-bonsai plants too. While they are groomed to be bonsai’d, we know that we can use them in our miniature gardens as perfect “big” mini trees, trust that growth rate will be stable, and skip all the maintenance that comes with the art of bonsai. You can impress your friends AND your neighbors!

Keep them in shape by removing any new growth along the trunk and prune away any wayward top branches.

Click the photos to see more pictures and the growing details up in the store.

Shimpaku Chinese Juniper

Miniature Garden Trees and Shrubs

The Shimpaku Juniper before grooming and growing for a couple of years.

Pre-bonsai trees for miniature gardening

This Shimpaku Juniper after grooming and growing-in for 3 or 4 years. You can see why it’s prized by bonsai artists and desired by railroad gardeners. The peeling bark on the trunk adds wonderful detailing, they are hardy and drought tolerant too.

Valley Cushion Mugo Pine

Miniature and Dwarf Trees and Shrubs for the Miniature Gardeni

The Valley Cushion Mugo Pine is available as a cute little shrub too.

Miniature and Dwarf Trees and Shrubs for the Miniature Gardeni

A bigger Valley Cushion Mugo Pine groomed and grown in for about 3 or 4 years. It’s just too sweet to watch the wee trunk gradually lift the canopy off the ground.

Seiju Dwarf Lacebark Elm

Miniature Garden Trees and Shrubs

Before growing and grooming. You can see how delicate the trunk looks. If you start with young trees, you can have the pleasure of watching them grow up.

Miniature Garden Trees and Shrubs

The Seiju Lacebark Elm groomed for a few years by the grower. Maintain this look by pruning away any new growth along the trunk, and cut any wayward, top branches. In late winter, shear the canopy into shape by looking at the tree as a whole, instead of the individual branches.

See all the new trees and plants that arrived up in the store here. We’ve sorted them for you by zone here.

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Janit’s Laboratories, Ink.

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A Reblog and an update on a whimsical product idea – only from your Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. We’ve since sold hundreds of these little charmers:

Originally posted on The Mini Garden Guru - Your Miniature Garden Source:

Experimenting with Miniature Moss Terrariums. It takes about two hours to rejuvenate the moss from a completely dried state.

Experimenting with Miniature Moss Terrariums. It takes about two hours to rejuvenate the moss from a completely dried state.

Janit’s Laboratories, Ink.

REBLOG from Stardate: September 23, 2009.

I often feel like a mad scientist. Trying out completely different things that just might work together.

In art college, one of my final thesis projects (1996) was an interactive, computer controlled kinetic painting. I applied electronics and motors to painted panels mounted on a larger board. I had help designing a software program to turn the motors in either direction, randomly. All the panels were activated by a digital platform to turn it on for random amounts of time. The idea was to give each viewer a completely different experience of the painting.

I know, whacky. The painting department didn’t like the electronics, and the electronic department didn’t care for the painting aspect. I knew I was truly onto something, blending two…

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