"Do not desire what you do not need." Fortune Cookie
The bamboos /bæmˈbuː/ are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Wikipedia
Many years ago, we planted bamboo on the border of our property. It was in a raised bed constructed out of a few rows of cinder blocks behind a patio in the back. For many years in remained contained but eventually it started creeping into our neighbors yard. We did our best to dig it out when we saw it but it was getting harder and harder to keep up with it. This past summer, we decided to get rid of it for good. Part of it had gotten so crowed in the bed that it died off but the main reason was because we decided to finally put in real deer fencing to enclose the back yard.
I really want to get back to working in the garden and one of the projects my husband and I have decided to do is to create a forest in our back yard. It would be impossible to accomplish this without keeping the deer out. So, in order to put up the fencing the bamboo had to go.
Now, digging up bamboo is not an easy task. We started by cutting down all the canes (which has given us a lifetime supply of bamboo poles). The Sawzall worked great for that. The hard part came in digging up the roots. We started out using our regular shovels and picks but it was tough going. I decided to see if I could find any other type of tools that would work better. That's when I found it: the Root Slayer. This shovel is like a saw and shovel in one. With it we were able to cut down into the roots and get them up with the pick. Now don't get me wrong, it was still super hard work, but having these shovels certainly helped.
As you can see, we had a few roots!
We got rid of all the roots by taking them to recycling. Our deer fencing is up and I am hoping that none of the bamboo comes back. I will probably not plant any thing in the area until I know for certain we got it all. We also had some miniature bamboo grass which had spread quite far and we took that out also.
Our next step is planning the forest. I hope to be posting on our progress as we go along.
Have a fun day!
“Reach deep within, and reconnect with the essence of your being.” Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason
In my last post, which was longer ago than I intended, I said I was taking a break to work on some DIY projects with my husband. Well, we have undertaken some massive projects which have become even more ambitious than we first intended.
During the summer, I spent a lot of time working outside in the garden, lost 10 pounds and did a lot of soul searching about what I really want to be doing with my time.
One thing I realized was that I no longer want to continue my Kid's clothing business. I found out that while I love the creative aspect of it, all the work involved in listing the items, marketing and promoting them was just not what I wanted to do. I did maintain a vigorous show schedule in the fall, but that was also not as much fun as it had been in the past.
So this year I will be wrapping up that business, but that leaves me with a dilemma: what to do next. I am at heart a maker. One of the reasons I started my clothing business was because I wanted to make things but did not want to keep them all. Now I have to find new types of things to make. So that is my search for now.
Another thing I realized was how much I missed working outside in the garden. Now that my husband is going to be fully retired, I have some "muscle" to help me with some more ambitious projects.
I hope to get back into writing this blog and sharing with you some of our projects. In the meantime:
Have a fun day!