Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Bamboo and rabbits. Just don't.

Like 99% of the human population, I like to think I'm reasonably intelligent with a good head for common sense. But that obviously doesn't mean I live in a world of denial where everything I do is brilliant or has some higher purpose which is not immediately explainable. 

Case in point - bamboo.
not a panda in sight
It would appear to be common sense that you do not plant bamboo in your garden unless you're a fan of hard work or just really, really stupid. Just like you wouldn't put 6 pairs of rabbits in your backyard and check on them every 12 months. 

Black bamboo is strikingly beautiful, and while it doesn't spread like a weed, it does multiply over time if you don't keep control of it by knocking down new growth.

We didn't, and the price we paid was 2 days hard labour in 35 degree, 75%+ humidity, tropical heat. If we didn't have a chain saw, the use of a mini-excavator, and the help of 4 other lovely humans, it would have most likely taken about 3 months. Even so, I didn't enjoy it.

Lesson learned. 

Edit:

See comment from Passthecream and his photo below. Apparently I'm not alone when it comes to masochistic gardening.


9 comments:

  1. :-) it seems a pity to waste the stuff....

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    1. Yeah, we offered it to local plant nurseries for free (if they dug it up) but they didn't like the idea.

      My cunning plan to avoid digging it up myself failed miserably.

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  2. You didn't waste it did you?
    http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Bamboo-prebiotics-boost-gut-health-in-the-elderly
    You need to feed those gut bugs. Perhaps you could put it in capsules and get one of the Paleo guru's to market it.

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    1. Sounds like hard work, Michael.

      I would have sent it all to starving pandas in China (Mum would have been proud), but the postage would have been outrageous.

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  3. Hi Chips ...... off topic !

    But just stopping by to wish you and the family a very Happy Christmas

    All the best Jan and Eddie

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    1. All the best to you two.

      2015 is going to be a good year, I can sense it.

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  4. hmm, just posted a very long and witty comment and it disappeared. is it possible to post photos here?

    Craig.

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    1. Man, I hate it when that happens. No idea about the photos. Feel free to email and I can chuck it in the bottom of the post.

      spittinchips@gmail.com

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  5. We had a similar adventure with arundo donax which people call bamboo but it is a different giant grass, Spanish Cane. I planted three stands of it for musical reeds and garden stakes but it got out of hand even in our dry climate. You'd have to have a plague of vampire rabbits to use up that many stakes. This pic shows the root mass of the last stand drying out before we carted it away. If you leave even the smallest green piece in the ground it will take root. It's poisonous to eat btw as are many of the bamboos, very few are edible and most are very very bitter. Cane has bufotenine and other trippy insect repellants in it.

    We have a rabbit proof fence and gates to keep out the feral ones but at the time of this pic we had 11 of 'em trapped inside it (!) and they never once obliged by tucking into a nice juicy piece of bamboo.

    Craig.

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