08 May 2008

New Shoots


Early May is when tons of little alien spiky things grow out of our yard and begin to turn into bamboo. Kelly likes to kick them over and our landlord likes to eat them, but I just think they're kind of nice looking.

5 comments:

tech.samaritan said...

What variety of bamboo is that, and how big does it get? I am pretty stoked to get some bamboo in on our property and am curious how it fares in similar climes.

Oh, and I too like to eat them... Mmmm, stir fried with kikkoman, fish sauce, and ginger on top of jasmine rice!

tech.samaritan said...

Oh, and are they a lot of trouble?

Meg said...

Hey, Daniel. I'm not sure what variety our bamboo is--the landlord put it in years ago, I think, so I'll ask to see if he remembers. It gets to be around 25 feet high on average, but some pieces get taller than that. The biggest stuff is usually about two inches in diameter. It does great through the winter, and it's nice to have something leafy and green around in February.

I would definitely recommend planting some if you can. People complain that it's invasive, but we use it for so much in the garden that we keep up with it pretty well. And, the new stalks are quite soft so it's easy to kick them or hit them with the mower if they're coming up somewhere that you don't want them. It is *so* convenient. When we buy our own property, the first thing I'm doing is getting some bamboo started.

tech.samaritan said...

Thanks! That is great to know. I have some varieties picked out based on my research, but would really like to find more people in my area that can give a realistic perspective about what to expect. Your experience helps!

Anonymous said...

Your bamboo is Phyllostachys aureosulcata just to let you know. I can tell by the pic you took of the grove and the shoots confirmed it. If you want somthing slower and less invasive you can try nuda. It's very hard and good for poles and garden projects but dosnt take over.