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Downing dog seeds

Hi! My name is Daisy, and I’m lead dog on the Downing Farm. All the humans are really busy now that pumpkin season is upon us, so they’ve asked me to show you around.

I live on a farm of 240 acres, so there’s lots of room for me to play. The farm has fields, pastures, woods, and a spruce and tamarack swamp which is home to interesting creatures and unusual plants such as the insect-eating pitcher plant and — some say — the Minnesota state flower, the Lady Slipper.

Our farm is near Braham, about 60 miles north of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Have you ever been to Hinckley or Duluth? If you have, and you traveled on Interstate 35, then you’ve passed pretty close to me. We dogs have good hearing, so yell “Hi Daisy” next time you pass by.

When English immigrants Richard and Mary Downing (Generation 1) settled in east-central Minnesota at the beginning of the century, they couldn’t have known that by the end of the century their farm would be supplying pumpkins to kids of all ages in St. Paul and Roseville. They also couldn’t have known that the new century would find a fifth generation of Downings growing up in the very farm house they themselves had lived in. (But now with electricity and indoor plumbing!)

Richard and Mary’s son Russell (Generation 2) was next in line to run the farm. Russell’s brothers Leonard and Charlie each got their own farms nearby.

Late 1940s: Russell and children Marianne, Vernon and Harlan pose with
a corn binder and a John Deere “B” tractor.

Late 1940s: Russell and Edna, with Vernon, Marianne and Harlan, visit Como
Conservatory in St. Paul to find out how they grow things in the city. Many years later, Vernon would sell pumpkins just a few miles from here.

Next in the chain came Vernon (Generation 3), the Pumpkin Man — but more on that later. Vernon and Diane raised four kids in the old farmhouse — Bob, Dave, Dan and Michele.

1964: Vernon and Dave pose on the 620 John Deere with a Case combine behind.

1973: During oats harvest, Dave, Diane, Vernon, Michele, Bob and Russell pause for a photo.

Over the years, the Downing farm has been home to cows, horses, pigs, chickens and plenty of other critters. But Holstein dairy cows have been the chief residents. Until recently, my master, Dan, (Generation 4) milked about 35 cows twice each day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They never take a day off! (The cows, that is! The farmer can take a day off — but he has to get someone else to do the milking for him.)

Dan still uses the same old barn, the original part of which is made of logs. The barn was built with sturdy post-and-beam construction. Up in the hay loft (where those pesky cats can climb, but I can’t get ’em) you can see the big, square timbers notched together and held in place with wooden pegs. No air-powered nail guns in those days!

1998: Dan and Andrea show where milk comes from — and it’s not your grocer’s dairy case! Generation 5 is visible in this photo only if you have an ultrasound plug-in for your browser.

1999: Another generation of Downings meets another generation of Holsteins.

But what about the Pumpkins?

Grandpa Downing (Vernon — Generation 3) milked cows and raised hogs and crops for many years. He is now supposedly retired, but he stays busy helping sons Bob and Dan with crops and cows. (Bob has a farm nearby, while Dave and Michele went off to grow soft with cushy city jobs.) Grandpa decided to try growing pumpkins in 1994, and I think he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. As a life-long farmer, he knew how to carefully prepare the soil, plant the seeds and cultivate out the weeds. By late summer, it was evident that a nice crop of pumpkins was on the way.

But what would he do with them all? He found a spot to sell them along the street in Roseville (Lexington & Roselawn) and gave it a try. Well, he found that lots of boys and girls in the city — even some pretty old ones — were eager to buy nice pumpkins from a real farmer in bib overalls.

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Son Dave and Dave’s wife Tammy decided to help, too. They live in the big city of St. Paul (Ugh! Leash laws and little baggies! Not for me, thanks.) They sold pumpkins in their neighborhood and had a lot of fun. They now sell at Snelling & Ford Parkway in St. Paul.

Well, all the pumpkins found homes, and everyone had so much fun meeting people and selling pumpkins that they decided to plant even more the next year. And things have continued to grow every year since. (That’s a doggone pun!)

Star Dawg Strain Review

Star Dawg is a pretty hardcore strain due to its pungency and potency. It smells of strong chemicals, with high notes of skunk, diesel, and citrus and has an average THC level of around 21%. Star Dawg will give you a huge boost in energy and mood due to its predominantly sativa lineage and is therefore best recommended for morning use.

Originating from one of the most well-loved strains from the 1980s, Star Dawg is the sativa-dominant hybrid strain that has made many a cannabis lover’s dreams come true over the years.

If you haven’t tried Star Dawg yet, then you’re seriously missing out – and today we want to tell you why! So sit back, grab a drink, and find out why Star Dawg should be the next strain you try!

What Is the Cannabis Strain Star Dawg?

It’s hard to know where to begin with this legendary strain; an uplifting cross between well-known strains Chemdawg 4 and Tres Dawg, this is a hybrid strain you have to try.

Chemdawg itself has a pretty interesting story; in fact, most weed lovers will know and have tried many of the Chemdawg strains. Originating from a bag of dog bud that was brought over to Massachusetts from Colorado back in the early 1990s. The Top Dawg Seed Company has only grown and grown since then and now has generated the lineage to unbelievable heights.

One thing we love about Chemdawg is the mysterious elements of its story, with many people still believing that there are remaining original Chemdawg seeds out there somewhere just waiting to be germinated.

As you can see from its relatives, Star Dawg is no common strain, and its effects are something else, too! Star Dawg is a unique, elite strain bred to take the best of the best traits from Chemdawg and combine them with some of our favorite elements from Tres Dawg to bring something new and exciting to the ever-growing market.

As a result of clever breeding and compounding desired traits in the flowers, Star Dawg is a pungent and delicious bud to enjoy. Let’s face it, with such famous ancestors it was always going to be a great strain!

With THC levels at around 16-25%, Star Dawg is undoubtedly a strong contender; with dank qualities taken from its lineage, this 90% sativa-dominant hybrid is one of our favorites.

Star Dawg Strain Aroma, Flavor, Appearance

The name gives this strain away, with reference to the bright and sparkling star-like trichomes that coat the deep green nugs, the only thing to separate the shine is the fiery orange hairs. The nugs are dense and small-medium in stature but don’t be fooled, Star Dawg packs a punch with its potent aroma and taste.

Star Dawg is undoubtedly a beautiful bud to look at, and any growers out there will love the velvety texture, but its potency runs across effects as well as smell and taste. With an earthy pine aroma present in many of the Chemdawg family, Star Dawg stands out with those sour undertones and hints of diesel.

Ultimately, this isn’t a strain that will welcome you in with delicate floral notes; it is a hard-core strain that is pungent in chemical-like aromas. You’ve been warned.

Cannabis connoisseurs may also be able to detect the light citrusy notes that come through upon inhaling. If you’re into the skunky scents of Star Dawg, then you will LOVE the taste! Think lemon and pine with a massive kick of diesel – and you pretty much have Star Dawg! It also gives off a pretty impressive thick smoke, where the aroma lingers long after you’re done.

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Star Dawg Cannabis Grow Info

If you are looking to take on a new growing project, then we would certainly recommend Star Dawg; if this is your first rodeo perhaps don’t make this your introduction to growing! Star Dawg isn’t too difficult to grow, but it does require some work and maintenance and thus best suits someone with a little experience.

While Star Dawg can grow well both indoors and outdoors, it appears it thrives most in an indoor controlled setup, so this may be something to consider before you commit.

Star Dawg typically flowers anywhere between 63-73 days, and for those growing outdoors, the early-mid October time is best. Regardless of where you choose to grow Star Dawg, however, it won’t grow to massive heights that can be seen with certain strains, so at a medium height, this is a good one to work with!

Star Dawg Cannabis Effects

The euphoric effects of Star Dawg have a lot in common with your typical sativa strains, and this one can be a perfect remedy for low mood and lethargy.

However, Star Dawg certainly has a lot more to offer than just your average cerebral effects, with varying results that combine the energy with an indica-induced body buzz ideal for unwinding.

Star Dawg is the ultimate party favor strain, and will soon have you and your friends in uproars of laughter and chatting the hours away. We love this strain for its ability to promote sociability and activity without affecting day-to-day life, making it ideal for patients.

The effects of Star Dawg are pretty long lasting, so be cautious of going overboard, because a reasonable amount can keep effect for up to three hours!

Medical Benefits of Star Dawg

Due to the indica in Star Dawg, patients can might be able to benefit from a range of relaxing properties, with a body buzz to potentially relieve symptoms of pain and tension, and a cerebral high from the sativa that is great for low mood, anxiety, and depression.

Many patients struggling from stress and fatigue reach for Star Dawg, as the urge to get up and go helps with both.

It may be particularly useful in helping those suffering from digestive issues and can inspire the munchies, so if you struggle with weight gain and appetite this may be the one for you to try!

Generally a tremendous all-around strain for mental health conditions as well as physical pain and inflammation, this is undoubtedly a popular choice for many.

Possible Side Effects of Star Dawg

With great power comes great responsibility, and this potent strain is not exempt! While you can quickly benefit from the full range of properties this bud has to offer, you should also expect to suffer from dry mouth and eyes due to its highly potent nature.

We also recommend that those less seasoned smokers tread carefully, this is a high THC bud, so if you go in too hard, you may end up feeling dizzy, mild headaches or slightly panicky.

So, Is Star Dawg Your Next Marijuana Strain to Try?

Star Dawg is a fantastic, potent, all-rounder strain, isn’t it? From famous and top-quality lineage, you can go in blindly and with confidence that you won’t be disappointed here.

It is a strong strain in every sense of the word, so it is perhaps not for the mild smokers amongst us, but if you love a potent doobie, this is a MUST TRY STRAIN!


Now that August with his showers soote, the drought of June has piercèd to the roote, lo, here cometh the weeds.

Every silver lining has its cloud, and with this summer’s splendid rains comes not only the extreme happiness of spadefoot toads, lizards, bugs, birds and all the plants you love, but also the resurgence of every plant you don’t in what seems like every place you don’t want it.

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Here at the Sixth Street Noxious Plant Nursery, we’ve spent the last two Saturdays dripping sweat while weeding our back yard and already the usual suspects are ankle-deep again. Notable among them is the tall, vaguely clover-like thing that won’t come out by the roots, the spreading, fleshy thing that will (if the ground is damp and you don’t yank) and the opportunistic, infant hoards of Rhus lancia and palm.

The soil around our house hasn’t been disturbed much, so we don’t get the stickery tumbleweed that thickly adorns recently scraped lots, and we’ve persecuted the Bermuda grass so viciously that it doesn’t really try any more. (It’s in the same state as the harvester ants, upon whom Ed declared war after they stripped the rosebush for the fifth time.) But we do have to keep an eye out in the alley, at least, for the least desired of all suburban desert plants–the puncture vine.

I’ve often thought that everyone who moves to Tucson ought to get a little Welcome-Wagon booklet on Bad Plants and Your Duty to Go After Them. (Among other things. There would also be advice about getting into parked cars in the summer and finding real Mexican food, plus coupons for industrial-strength moisturizer, tequila and limes.) It would contain clear photos and drawings of vegetative evil-doers like buffel grass (thrives in the desert, where it crowds out native grasses and provides fuel for fire) and desert broom (sends out clouds of cottony seeds every fall, comes up everywhere and is impossible to pull.)

Still, the worst weed of all from a nuisance point of view is puncture vine, also known as goat-head vine, Tribulus terrestris. (Many thanks to Nathan O’Meara, curator of horticulture at Tucson Botanical Gardens.) It’s the plant that produces those little organic caltrops that one so often finds stuck to flat bike tires and the paws of limping dogs. (My big dog won’t even try to move when he picks one up: He stops dead with the wounded foot lifted and look of horror on his furry face. As tough as a young mule in every other respect, he loves and needs and worries about those paws.) You can also sometimes find goat-heads stuck to the soles of cheap flip-flops worn by sobbing children. Stepping on one is exactly like stepping on a tack.

The spikes are there to disperse the plant’s genes as widely as possible, and, boy, was that a good plan. You can find the flat, spreading plant in virtually any alley or vacant lot in Tucson, where it starts putting out pretty little yellow flowers that turn into four-pointed tacks almost immediately after germination.

And when you do find it you pull it up, carefully, so you don’t get poked, and toss it in the nearest dumpster. It usually comes up root and all with just enough resistance to make ripping it out satisfying.

Here’s how to spot it so that you can begin to perform this vital civic duty:

Like many other desert regulars, puncture vine has pairs of tiny, oval opposing leaves. When very young it grows upward, but once it’s well established it sprawls out, forming a ground-hugging dull-green circle on the bare, dusty ground it prefers. As I already mentioned, it puts out small yellow flowers when it’s gotten any water at all. (The sonsabitches thrive right through the hottest part of the year in full sun.) Where there is one, there will be others. If you have any doubt about what you’re looking at, touch it. Gently. The neatly camouflaged goat-heads will be everywhere.

Puncture vine is easily confused with a smaller, less robust spreading weed with red stems which is harmless and which you don’t want to bother with. You want the murderous, yellow-stemmed individual that you can almost see growing.

Know your enemy: That knowledge is what the Tucson Weekly is all about.