It’s amazing what you can find on Ebay.
Finding black locust seeds and cut, unrooted, himalayan blackberry canes, took me all of 10 minutes. They came right away and I put some rooting gel on the canes and set them in the window. Then, I set up some rooting cups and injected a black locust seed into each. That was 5 days ago.
Just handling the small chunks was unpleasant. The spines are so sharp that you can’t ignore them. In principle, in a few days, the stalks should start pushing out roots. Then I will transfer them to a peat moss block so the roots can develop further.
The black locust, though, they’re serious about growing. I didn’t do much except put a seed in the middle of the block and start watering it with a cover and a light over it. They’re already springing forth:
I’ll give them a week or two to develop roots then I’ll plant them at some of the entry-ways ATVers have carved into my property.
Meanwhile, I was on the Grainger catalog, looking for pipe and fittings to make a security gate at the studio, when it popped up with “people who shopped for this also shopped for this.” I guess ICE is a big customer of Grainger’s or something. But you can buy NATO-approved concertina razor wire for surprisingly low amounts of money. It’d be tempting to put some perimeter signs up that read “warning: razor wire” and then legally mark the wire (you need to put streamers on it or tresspassers can sue you if they injure themselves. I’m not sure I want to put razor wire anyplace, but it’s interesting to see it’s an option. You can get it on amazon, too: [amzn]
Geezus that shit is nasty.