Our gardens are our outdoor haven, the place where you can get up and close with wildlife, as well as indulge yourself in some fresh air too. A great way to make the most of your garden is to treat yourself to a few garden ornaments. These come in a variety of different shapes, styles […]
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Our gardens are our outdoor haven, the place where you can get up and close with wildlife, as well as indulge yourself in some fresh air too.

A great way to make the most of your garden is to treat yourself to a few garden ornaments. These come in a variety of different shapes, styles and sizes. Statues are a beautiful addition to the space. But if you want something that not only makes your garden look great, but has some extra benefits too, why not take a look at bird baths?

Birds keep your plants healthy

You may think that birds in your garden is going to lead to more berries and blooms being eaten, and whilst you may lose one or two, birds are actually great for your garden. Having a bird bath means that you attract a wide range of different birds to your garden.

These birds will then hang around, looking for insects, seeds and worms that they can munch on. To do this they will need to peck at the soil, unearthing all those tasty titbits. In the meantime, this process actually helps the soil, it aerates the soil, grooms away all those bits of dead plant and eats all the pests that could otherwise ruin your hard grown plants.

You get to watch the birds in a natural environment

Whilst birds may not be everyone’s favourite creature, they are still great to watch. There is no better way to view a bird doing what a bird does best than with a bird bath. Being able to watch birds up close is great for children too. Teaching them more about the local wildlife and showing them just how varied birds can be.

It isn’t just for birds

Bird baths are not only the perfect way for birds to clean off and cool down in your garden, but they are great for other creatures too. They are ideal for wasps and a variety of other insects too. Giving them a place to drink especially during the summer months. Whilst wasps are largely viewed as a pest to us humans, they are a great addition to your garden, eating up some of the bugs that eat your plants and leave your garden looking less that fabulous.

Not only this, but the more flying insects that your garden has, the more your plants will be pollinated and the better they will grow.

It gives you a calming focal point

Whilst bird baths are great for the birds (and the bees) they are also amazing for you too. They give your garden a calming focal point, a place that you can sit and watch the local wildlife.

The idea of gardens is that you have a place to unwind and relax, and there is no better way to do this then with a simple and stylish bird bath.

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Pest free garden: how to keep your garden save and secure. If you love your garden, then chances are that you will spend lots of times cultivating and tending to it. The last thing you will want is to discover that you have a pest problem. Pests come in a variety of shapes, sizes and […]
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Pest free garden: how to keep your garden save and secure.

pest free gardenIf you love your garden, then chances are that you will spend lots of times cultivating and tending to it. The last thing you will want is to discover that you have a pest problem.

Pests come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. When you discover that you have pests in your garden, you will want to make sure that you deal with it as soon as you can.

To help you have a pest free garden, we have put together a list of some of the biggest pests, why they are such a pain and how you can fix them.

 

 

 

Slugs and Snails

IMG_4713One of the most common pests that you can find in your garden, they are present all year round, however they particularly love when it is warm yet damp. Both slugs and snails are not fussy when it comes to what they eat and will munch on plants and vegetables with a rather impressive fury. The main treatment for slugs and snails can be dangerous to other animals and children, therefore they are not always recommended.

Instead, you will need to take preventative measures in order to limit the amount of damage that your garden has to bear from these slimy pests. A great approach to take is to encourage the animals that love to eat snails and slugs. This includes toads, thrushes and hedgehogs. You could also try to place barriers such as copper tapes around the areas that you want to protect, creating a barrier that they won’t be able to get through.

 

Aphids

They may be small, yet you should never underestimate the aphid. The majority of aphids will feed on the foliage, stems and flowers of a variety of flowers, but there are others that will suck the sap directly from the roots.

With over 500 different species of aphids in the UK, which means that a huge amount of plants are at risk and it can leave them distorted or weak as they grow.

You can choose to treat aphids both chemically and non-chemically. If you choose not to use chemicals then ladybirds, hoverfly larvae, and parasitic wasps are the natural predators of aphids, however you should be aware that they can struggle to deal with a large infestation. If you decide that you need a little helping hand from chemicals, then there are a number of different sprays that will treat the aphid problem.

 

Vine Weevils

Vine Weevils love nothing more than munching on ornamental plants and fruits. In particular those that are grown in containers. They are a double threat as the adults eat the leaves of the plant and the grubs eat the roots.

One of the biggest problems with vine weevils is that if you stop the control measures that you have put in place, then the problem can soon build up again. Therefore whatever you choose to do, you need to carry it on. This could be as simple as inspecting your plants in the evening and picking off any adult weevils as you find them, or trapping them with sticky barriers that you place around pots, or as you enter the greenhouse.

 

These are just some of the pests that you can find in your garden. No matter which pest you are battling against, there is a way that you can beat them and keep your plants safe and secure and enjoy a pest free garden.

 

 

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 How to create your very own indoor garden Even the most die-hard gardeners have to admit that winter isn’t the ideal time to be out there cultivating our prized outdoor spaces. Does this mean that you have to resign yourself to a few months without your favourite hobby? We don’t think so, in fact, we […]
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 How to create your very own indoor garden

Even the most die-hard gardeners have to admit that winter isn’t the ideal time to be out there cultivating our prized outdoor spaces. Does this mean that you have to resign yourself to a few months without your favourite hobby? We don’t think so, in fact, we believe that if you want to carry on gardening through the coldest months, why not bring it indoors?

That is why we have put together our guide to creating a indoor garden, an outdoor inspired space that is fully contained within your home.

Container gardens may just be the way to go

If there is a chance that you will want to move your plants around, or that you will want to eventually take them outside, then you will want to consider a container garden. Container style indoor gardens are incredibly versatile and can allow you to grow a variety of plants in a variety of sizes.

You can choose to go down a more traditional route with terracotta pots bought from the garden centre, or something a little different such as plastic bottles and coffee cans. Any container that you pick should be twice the size of the root ball, and you should either have holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain, or drill them into the container.

Find the perfect space for your garden

In order to have the ideal indoor garden, you need to pick the best space possible for your plants to grow. You should try to locate the indoor garden in an area that gets lots of sunlight, near to east and west facing windows is ideal.

The space should also be warm, and if possible away from air vents or fans, as these machines can dry out plants and damage them.

Choose your plants

There are a number of plants that you can grow inside, however, not every plant is suitable for growing indoors. Some of the most popular indoor plants include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberries
  • Figs
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Peace Lily
  • Cactus
  • African Violet
  • Marigold

As you can see, there are plenty of plants out there that you can pick from for your indoor space. Different colours, different fragrances and most of which are edible and can be included in your home prepared and cooked meals!

Look after your plants and they will flourish

The main thing to think about when planting an indoor garden, is how important it is to properly look after your plants. After all, poorly maintained plants will simply not flourish. Not only do they need plenty of sunshine, but they need to be watered regularly too.

You will also need to keep an eye on the rate that they are growing, as when they are too large for the pot they will need to be transferred or split down.

It is also important that you incorporate compost every few months, as this will help make sure that your plants are getting the nutrients that they need.

Having an indoor garden is not only the ideal way to brighten up your home, but it also means that can indulge in a sport of gardening, even when the world outside isn’t kind!

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Making a raised veggie bed for your garden The winter means that you spend less time in your garden. However, it doesn’t have to mean that you think less about how to make the most of your outdoor space. In fact, the cold weather can mean that you take on some DIY projects that will […]
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Making a raised veggie bed for your garden

The winter means that you spend less time in your garden. However, it doesn’t have to mean that you think less about how to make the most of your outdoor space. In fact, the cold weather can mean that you take on some DIY projects that will be a big helping hand when the warmer days start to come in.

A great idea for a DIY project this winter is a raised veggie bed. Raised beds are not only the perfect way to create a well-drained plot, but they are also ideal when you want to bring a different type of soil to your garden.

It may seem like a tricky project, but ultimately building a raised veggie bed is relatively easy to do. All you need is some tools and the time to dig and clear the ground.

The steps to make a raised veggie bed

First of all, you need to decide exactly where you are going to pop your veggie bed. It is a good idea to go for an open part of the garden that not only gets some sunshine, but also gets shade too. Try to avoid parts of the garden that have trees or tall shrubs, as they are likely to block out the sunlight that the plants will need to thrive.

Once you know where you want to put your veggie bed, mark out the edges. You need to be able to reach the bed just by leaning over as you will not want to walk on it once it is planted. Clear away any plants that are currently calling the space their home.

Now you need to pop some stakes into the ground, marking the corners of the plot. These should sink around 30-45cm into the ground, and need to have enough above the ground to match the height of the boards that you plan to use.

Next it is time to line up the boards that will form the edges of the bed. It is a good idea to use boards that have been pre-treated as these will be more resistant to wet and rot. Once these boards in place and flush to the ground, you will need to fix them to the stakes. Use screws rather than nails or this as there is less risk that they will split the boards.

The final step is filling up the raised bed with topsoil, it is a good idea to choose one that is rich with organic matter. Simple as that, your bed is ready to go. Now all you need to do is decide what veggies you want to grow in there!

 

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Okay, so even we know that it is a long way off to those warm days of summer, but it doesn’t hurt look forward to them, does it?  It’s the ideal time to start thinking about accessorising garden. Not only can you think about the longer, sunnier days, but now is a great time to […]
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Okay, so even we know that it is a long way off to those warm days of summer, but it doesn’t hurt look forward to them, does it?  It’s the ideal time to start thinking about accessorising garden.

Not only can you think about the longer, sunnier days, but now is a great time to consider whether or not it might be time to think about giving your outdoor space a bit of a makeover.

As stockists of some rather gorgeous ornaments and statues, we have put together some of the easiest and most stylish ways that you can jazz up your garden with a variety of outdoor ornaments and accessories.

Getting garden ornaments right

Putting ornaments in your garden is a great way to accessorising garden and brighten up the space. They come in a variety of forms including statues, bird baths and planters. It is important that any decorations you pick do not detract away from the natural beauty of your garden. You will also need to think about the space that you have. If you overcrowd it with too many ornaments, then you may end up with nowhere to relax when you do get to sit outside.

Statues

Possible one of the simplest ways that you can bring some elegance to your outdoor space is with a gorgeous statue. Statues come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. It really does depend on your own personal taste as to which statue you choose. Some love traditional Buddha’s and gnomes, whilst animal lovers may fancy a creature or two in their garden.

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Planters

The wonderful thing about having a planter in your garden is not only are they a lovely ornament in their own right, but they also allow you to display a variety of flowers too. This means that you can brighten up your garden with colourful flowers, without planting them in the ground.

Planters are popular with those people who don’t have any flower beds in their garden and there are a variety of flowers which are suitable to be planted in them.

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Bird Baths

Being able to enjoy the local wildlife is one of the biggest plus points of your garden. If you want to entice some of the birds that live in area into your garden, then a bird bath is a great idea. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and require very little maintenance. Just how a garden ornament should be.

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Wall Plaques

Just because you are short on outdoor space, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your garden. A great way to brighten it up, without losing room is with wall plaques. These can be funny, cute or traditional, and will give your space a touch of extra style.

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Bird Feeders

Not every bird feeder has to be those ones that hang from the trees. In fact, here at Onefold we have some extra stylish bird feeders that not only keep the local birds happy, but look great too.

So there you have it, some of the types of garden ornament and why we think they are pretty great for accessorising garden. Whether you have a large, spacious garden or simple a space outside to call your own, there are ways that you can make it beautiful and a reflection of your own sense of style.

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January gardening tips It doesn’t matter what month it is, there is always something to do in your garden. So why not start the year as you mean to go on with some time out in your garden? We have put together some top tips on the things that you should be doing out in […]
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January gardening tips

It doesn’t matter what month it is, there is always something to do in your garden. So why not start the year as you mean to go on with some time out in your garden?

We have put together some top tips on the things that you should be doing out in your garden this January.

Take a look at your garden tools

The main theme of gardening in January is one of maintenance and damage limitation. Grab all your beloved garden tools and give them a good old fashioned check over. Take them inside and give them a clean, making sure that you handle any repairs that may be needed. You should also look at your garden furniture and make sure that it isn’t showing any signs of rot.

If it is a sunny day, then it pays to treat your sheds and fences with a wood preservative. Just to make sure that it is in the best condition possible.

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Protect from the cold

Love your shrubs and trees and want to protect them during the winter? Why not pack them with straw and wrap in fleece and keep the cold, snow and frost out. The roots can also be protected with a thick dry mulch, which will battle against any freeze!

If you have a greenhouse, then you will want to make sure that they are properly insulated and that any heaters inside it are working properly.

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Tidy up and prepare for the year ahead

Moss and leaves can build up during the winter months, so grab your brush and make sure that all paths are looking nice and clean.

If you can, you should try to dig over any beds and borders. Making sure that you mix in as much of the organic matter that has landed there. By forking over the soil you are preparing it for the next 12 months, not to mention uncovering all those garden pests and giving the birds something to eat.

Just because it is cold outside it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about weeds. So, whilst you are digging over the soil, you can get rid of those pesky weeds. All before they have a chance to really take root in the spring.

 

So, there you go. Some reasons why you should be grabbing your gloves and scarf and head outside into your garden. Even during those cold and frosty winter days there is always a chance to enjoy your outside space and take in some fresh air!

 

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We would like to thank all of our customers for their much valued business throughout 2016. We are working on every possible way to merit the confidence you have shown in us. It’s been a pleasure serving you. May your new year be blessed with Peace, Love and Joy. We wish you a Very Happy New Year! […]
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We would like to thank all of our customers for their much valued business throughout 2016.
We are working on every possible way to merit the confidence you have shown in us. It’s been a pleasure serving you.
May your new year be blessed with Peace, Love and Joy.
We wish you a Very Happy New Year!
From us all at Garden Ornaments by Onefold

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Food waste is a huge problem. It is also something that all of us normal folk can do something about. Normally, the recommendations to cut down on food waste is to buy less food and plan your meals. But what you may not realise is that those who have green fingers (or at least wish […]
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Food waste is a huge problem. It is also something that all of us normal folk can do something about. Normally, the recommendations to cut down on food waste is to buy less food and plan your meals. But what you may not realise is that those who have green fingers (or at least wish they did) can also help out reduce the impact that food waste has on the planet.

But how?

Gardening is not only a fantastic hobby for many people, but it can also have a real positive impact on the world around you. If you want to learn more about how you can use your outdoor space to reduce food waste, then we have put together some of our top tips!

Compost

If, despite your best efforts, you find that you still have food waste, then composting is the way forward. Composting is not only easy to do, but it can cut down on the amount of food waste that ends up in your bin.

Best of all, the compost that is created can be popped on your garden. Which will over time, help grow a variety of beautiful flowers and plants, that you can enjoy the whole year round.

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Grow your own

The issue with food waste isn’t only those leftovers. It is also the costs and carbon footprint left by producing and shipping the food around the world. One great way to cut down on this aspect of food waste is to grow your own fruit and veggies.

Not only does it help with food waste, but it saves you money too. Freshly grown food is absolutely delicious, and as you tuck in, you will have a real sense of achievement at something that you have created.

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Then freeze them

We all hope that our growing plans are successful, but what if your green fingers result in you growing far too many veggies or fruit for you to eat. Don’t throw them away! Instead freeze all the surplus and you can use it another day. You could, if you are feeling particular organised, arrange them into portion sized bags and label ready to add into soups, stews or steam for a dinner.

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These may seem like simple things to do. But you could find that by trying them out that you will see a significant reduction in the amount of food that you waste. In doing this, you not only can try out some new things in your garden. But you also have the satisfaction of feeling pretty good about what you are doing too!

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For many of us, one of the best bits of the festive season is that we get to head out and buy a real, living Christmas tree. Whilst some may be happy to embrace fake trees. There are some of us who believe that you really cannot beat the amazing smell and look of a […]
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For many of us, one of the best bits of the festive season is that we get to head out and buy a real, living Christmas tree. Whilst some may be happy to embrace fake trees. There are some of us who believe that you really cannot beat the amazing smell and look of a real Christmas tree.

But picking the perfect Christmas tree may not be as easy as heading to the store and picking one up. You may not realise it but there are several different types for you to consider buying and each one is a little different.

To help you to find the ideal tree we have put together our guide to the different types available and how you can best look after your spruce of choice!

Tree Types

Blue Spruce

This tree has a blue-green hue to its foliage, which makes it a popular choice. It also comes with a strong citrus scent. One of the biggest downsides of this type of tress is that the needles are incredibly prickly, which can put people off.

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Fraser Fir

A tree that is known to hold onto its needles. For some people, this particular type of fir can be a bit expensive. The branches are strong on this tree, which is good for decorating. Not only this but it has relatively soft needles as well as a gentle turps fragrance.

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photo credit: Hart-T-Tree Farms

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Noble Fir

As the name suggests, this is a pretty impressive tree. The foliage on this particular tree is more open and needle-like, which means that it is perfect for hanging an assortment of decorations on. It doesn’t leave its needles as much as some other types of tree and smells pretty lovely too!

photo credit: Coniferous Forest

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Norway Spruce

A tree for the traditional. The Norway Spruce is the original Christmas tree. Whilst the silhouette of this particular tree is tempting for some, it is the truly festive fragrance that seems to be the biggest hit!

photo credit: Forest View Evergreen Tree Farms

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Nordman Fir

Another popular tree choice, this one is dark green with soft, long needles. It is known to hold its needles better than some other types of tree and has a citrus infused scent when the leaves are crushed.

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photo credit: The Natural Christmas Tree Co.

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How to decorate and care for your tree

Once you have chosen your tree, the most exciting part begins. Decorating! You should always start with your lights as otherwise you may find that your other decorations get damaged or tangled up when you pop them on.

Next is the baubles, whilst you may not want to go too crazy on colour. Having a mixture of shiny and matt baubles will give a really nice effect to your tree. The colour of the baubles that you pick can depend on where it is in the room. If the area that you are displaying your tree is slightly darker, you may want to stick to light and bright shades to make sure that it stands out.

You should try to keep your tree away from any heat sources as this can dry them out, and don’t forget to water them. This will make  sure that they look their best for longer.

These are just some of our top tips for making sure that your Christmas tree is the perfect festive addition to your home. 

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How many of us love the cute little faces of our native hedgehogs? In turn, how many people would be more than just a little upset to find out that the numbers of hedgehogs in the UK are rapidly declining. This really is bad news for us all. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous, but […]
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How many of us love the cute little faces of our native hedgehogs? In turn, how many people would be more than just a little upset to find out that the numbers of hedgehogs in the UK are rapidly declining.

This really is bad news for us all. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous, but hedgehogs are known to be a helping hand in the garden too, eating up all the pests that can live in your garden.

So, we put together this article to help make sure that your local hedgehogs have somewhere safe to sleep.

Make sure that they can get into your garden

There is no point creating a beautiful hedgehog haven if they cannot access it. Wooden fences may give you maximum security and privacy. But they are not ideal for the local wildlife who may want to visit you.

You could instead opt for hedges or bushes instead of fences. Not only do they allow for visitors to come and go as they please, but they are shelter in themselves. Especially for hedgehogs.

If you don’t fancy opting for a hedge, then you could create a 5 inch hole in the bottom of your fence or gate. This gives a hedgehog enough space to crawl in and out.

photo credit: The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Give them a wild area to roam

Many gardeners love a neat and tidy garden, but you might find that allowing a small spot to grow freely could really help your hedgehog friends. The fallen leaves, dead vegetation and twigs are ideal resources for wildlife to build their nests. Not only this but it will also be full of all the insects that hedgehogs love to eat!

photo credit: Kalle Gustafsson @Flickr

Build them a home

Shelter is one of the most important things for hedgehogs. Especially when it comes to surviving through their winter hibernation. If you have a particularly well kept garden, then you may find that they struggle to build the nests they need.

Buying or building a hedgehog home is a great way to help. They don’t need to be particularly fancy, in fact a simple wooden crate is the perfect base. All you need to do is add an entrance tunnel and some ventilation.

There are a number of guides online that you can follow to build your own home, and it makes for a great winter project.

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Provide food and water

Hedgehogs simply cannot survive without food and water. It is thought that the majority of adult hedgehogs need to eat around half their weight in food each and every day. This is to ensure that they build up enough body fat to hibernate. If they don’t have the right amount of body fat, then they may not survive.

Avoid leaving out cows milk for hedgehogs. They are lactose intolerant and this can give them an upset stomach, a fatal issue for these small creatures.

Instead, simply leave out a bowl of fresh water. You may find that they empty this overnight, so be sure to top it up in the morning. Alongside this, here are some foods that are safe for hedgehogs to eat:

  • Boiled eggs
  • Chopped nuts
  • Crushed cat biscuits
  • Chicken or Turkey cat or dog food in jelly
  • Minced meat
  • Sultanas

It is important that you never give a hedgehog bread.

photo credit: Maria Morri @Flickr

These are just some of the tips to keeping your garden hedgehog friendly. Compost heaps are also ideal for hedgehogs (not to mention the environment) so you may find it a good idea to create one. It may be too late to put in place some of these tips, as many hedgehogs will already be hibernating. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for next winter.

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