Skip to comments.I WANT MY SEEDS ! ! [shameless vanity]
Posted on 07/10/2004 10:36:34 AM PDT by EggsAckley
A week or so ago I ordered some farm supplies off of the internet. My county is so business-loathing that I usually have to go out of the county or out on the net to make certain purchases.
I ordered a small portable greenhouse; it arrived a week later. I ordered a gallon of dog/cat repellent; it arrived yesterday. But the fifty pounds of orchard seeds, a grazing mix, has NOT arrived. My UPS driver tells me that it's being "held" at UPS because the county needs to inspect it. He said he saw the box and it was open, but the "inspection lady" hadn't seen it yet.
Now, this is NOT the first time they've done this to me. A couple of years ago I ordered fifty root starts for a tree called Paulownia. THOSE plants, the county CONFISCATED! Yes, confiscated! The Florida company who sold them to me was outraged, and agreed to send me my plants to another, out-of-county address, at no charge. In other words, my county ripped off the Florida company for several hundred dollars.
I WANT MY SEEDS! I want to get my land seeded before the rainy season, and these mental midgets here in Santa Cruz County are preventing me from doing that.
Since I found out about this on late Friday afternoon, of course I'll have to wait till Monday to start making phone calls. Other counties don't do this. Next time I'll have the shipment sent to my friend in Sunnyvale and avoid these Nazis.
I have some near-dead houseplants that are yours for the asking.
Pots 'n' all.
That's what this lady said ;-)
Can the county open your mail like that legally???
How does one inspect the seeds? By tasting them one at a time?
But still, it's a pain in the butt.
BTW, I tried to go to your website (from your profile) cause the stuff looks cool. But the link says it ain't there.
For the most part they can do whatever they want anymore. You can thank the whining, squealing morons (some who frequent this forum) hiding under their bed demanding safety from all evils.
You know, the ones that bleat "well if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide" everytime one of theirs grabs another freedom.
For agricultural products, probably.
"Save Your Seeds!"
'60s flashback placemarker. ;^)
Things sure are screwed up with the borders. They stop a 2 ounce houseplant at the border but let 200 tons of pot drive right through.
I have the oddest craving for Twinkies. A whole box.
That's terrible! If I lived close enough I'd offer to accept any of your deliveries and bring them to you, but I live two time zones away.
You are a doper!!!
You would have to get past the border patrol. CA can't afford to guard the Mexican border completely because they also guard their other borders with the United States. California is a Federal project.
Come live in the midwest. Our only border problem is with Arkansas. Well, Kansas during college basketball season.
Are you growing weed...
I can understand why they confiscated the Paulownia. Egads, what a mess those things make! Only one tree spawns 2,000,000 seeds, and the things grow like weeds and crowd out more desirable native plants.
Oh, just admit you were wanting to plant pot. Stop hiding behind "business-loathing" inspectors.
Due to pest outbreaks and such I would say you are probably right.
I wonder if he can buy it from a local source more easily.
Never mind. I see he doesn't want to do that.
Get these and you won't have to buy them any more - The Ark Institute non-hybrid seed
For a second there....I thought you were looking for a sperm donor.
If you had just ordered pot or opium poppy seeds they'd have hand delivered them to your door.
Are they stuck in the county or at the state border?
Damn, next time have the seed supplier mark the package as pornography and put it in a brown wrapper...
Agriculture has a duty to inspect incoming fruits, nuts and flakes (look out, San Francisco) for any kind of pests that could ruin our agriculture and thus our economy. I don't know what the story is with EggsAckley's seeds, and I hope it's resolved quickly, but it is routine to check such things.
Believe me, we don't "let" pot drive right through. We look for it, find it, and confiscate it. Sometimes we miss it, but it's definitely not deliberate when we do.
We make seizures all the time, it just doesn't make the news. Had a huge one in Blaine of crystal meth coming from Canada just a few days ago... did anyone outside of Blaine hear about that?
You're right about the gardening (and VA gained 2 more two-legged elephants when we moved here last year!!!!)
Welcome to FR, btw. I take it by your profile that you're a Stargate fan?
Hey! I ordered some Paulownia trees online a couple of years ago from Atlanta. I live in the heat (-r) of Texas. They were seedlings. Now I have two large trees and one small one. Started with six, but had to transplant and remove some when we did some rearranging in the backyard.
The two originals are now well over 10 feet tall, have huge leaves, and are springing branches now. One transplant survived but is behind the other two in growth.
Tell me about the seedlings that spring up? I haven't seen any. I would love to have more.
btw, they were shipped regular mail and I had no trouble getting them.
Thankee. And you are correct, sir or madam. I once had a CO (Navy, a long time ago) who acted a lot like Col. O'Neill. I dragged him out of as many bars after closing time as he did me.
The little burns on the shirt collar are brilliant! Well done to the artist.
It's madam, btw.
They're not a problem when they're in your yard. Most people keep their lawns mowed and new trees don't appear. However, the seeds blow for miles like dandelions, and they spread prolificly. The feds and some states are spending money (read that as tax revenues) to control and eliminate wild paulownia. Do a search on the internet and put in "Paulownia" and "invasive."
If we had businesses here that would sell them, of course I would buy them locally. Either that or drive 150 miles to other counties. I'm trying to avoid the driving.
I have a neighbor who owns a piece of property where the house had burned down 40 years ago. Like many folks at that time, the house had eucalyptus trees around it. When it burned down the eucalyptus seed spread for a quarter mile. Now those trees adjoin my property, even hanging over it in places. Why should I have to pay the time and money to deal the consequences if those trees burn and the seeds sprout all over my land?
I have no love for the police state tactics of the County of Santa Cruz, but if someone had been paying more attention to imported plant material we wouldn't have blackened, dying madrones or sudden oak death. America would still have chestnuts and elms.
I feel much better now.
...not that this helps you at all, but you get the picture.
I'll stop now.
Most of my paulownias died from lack of water, and the four or five I still have DO NOT have any seedlings springing up. They are propagated through root stock primarily. Yes, the seeds CAN sprout, but take much longer to grow.
Try digging up some of the root stock; I think that will work. And no, they have NOT become the spreading mess that we are led to believe. They are beautiful and refreshing in the landscape. I DO believe, however, that if they get into waterways they WOULD be a problem. I don't have any waterways on my mountain.
That's disgusting! You should just let him take you to dinner first like everybody else.
Aren't those things related to kudzu?
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