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Thanks for posting these, Cobalt!

"The Ash Grove" gives me an idea of what I could do with my old pumpkin patch rather than let the weeds have it: grow my own blanks.
 

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How hardy are hazel? The winters here in Maine can get a bit nippy with occasional daytime highs in the negative double digits, Fahrenheit. We had a solid week where it didn't get above 0oF.

Worth a shot, though. I'll have to see if I can find seeds. Until then, our native yellow birch would make a good substitute, color-wise.

(quote from Rodney)You can wrap wire around the shanks or plant honeysuckle if you want to make your own twisties.

I actually tried that a few years ago, but I think the wire I used was too flexible. Plus the trees I tried it on were still in the woods, so I only found one out of 4-5 that I'd wired.
 

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I'll have to check into that. Maybe some of the local garden centers would be able to get some, if they don't already have them in stock. The place where I take my pumpkins for a weight contest in the fall is actually at a garden center; maybe I'll check with him.

Until then, maybe I'll have a go at bending yellow birch. After making a steambox, that is.
 
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