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It's often advised not to cut any stems if the plant's in its first year, after that twist off a few but don't take them all, and stop cropping by about July.
Rather go for the chilled white wine myself.
I start mine off in February, in a heated propagator in the greenhouse.
I've got a feeling that heavy pruning of acers at this time of year can cause them to bleed. A great friend lost one of hers that way.
Oh bindweed's a good idea! I suppose ground elder could be effective as well. A use for perennial weeds at last!
Just out of interest ( or not) onopordum means ass fart, referring to the effect it has on donkeys who consume it.
Well the fastest growing vine I can think of is the Russian vine, fallopia baldschaunica. Here's a link with more info...http://www.climbingplantsdirect.com/Product.asp?ProductRef=1341.
I wouldn't let it loose in my garden though!