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I know its stupid. I have a lot of it in the hay barn on the second floor , maybe one day I can do something with it.

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i am always envious of those who have a ranch...lol...someday someday

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I'll try that again!

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wave Hi Kevin and welcome to this very inquisitive Forum.  We do like new friends.  big_laugh

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Hi Kevin and welcome wave Just bought some hawthorn seeds as I think it might be quicker than trying to time taking some cuttings from the hedge around the school and that is one of the few places I have seen hawthorn. Hoping eventually to make a hedge out of it that will keep pigs out, the wild sort that is.

We have lots of weavers and spinners around here so I am hoping to get alpacas next year and start a small cottage industry with those. Well that's the plan but living in Latvia means everything takes a while to bring all the right elements together. Suits me anyway!cheers

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Welcome Kevin...

I'm the Bulgarian arm of the forum....quick with the wit, (so I'm told), slow with the anger... and great on patience....which is all part of living in Bulgaria...

Like you I've picked up plenty from this forum but doctor's have a cure for most things these days so fret not.

 

I'll enjoy reading your posts.....wink

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Hi Joanna from Latvia,

The quickest way to grow Hawthorn, and all ways are slow, is to uproot small young bushes. Do this just before first frost or just after last frost. If you look closely around a large bush you will find small bushes growing, usually 25 to 50 cm tall. Dig them up , careful with the roots. That will give you around a 2 year gain on seeds.

Bad news is that they generally do not keep out wild boar, if they are being frightened by hunters. They crash through regardless. I use on the forest side two barbed wires, one about 20cm of the ground the other 20cm above it. Very tight and electric. That keeps them out. You can pick up electric fence boxes for around 150 - 200 euros. As you are closer to Russia than England , make sure it has EU conformity. This is important as the power going through the wire is regulated by law. Not so in some other countries.

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I would take rooted plants if I could find some conveniently enough, they just don't seem to grow wild around here and me rooting around other people's hedges might not go down very well, especially when my language skills are not too good whistle

We have got an electric fence but never thought of using barbed wire as well - mind you it is not that easy to get here either. doh We have three strands of barbed wire, but that is because we are also keeping out deer who love to chomp on young growth and sharpen their antlers. Might look out for the barbed wire though, so thanks for that.

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