Rooting Bamboo and Planting Broccoli

Posted: April 4, 2015 in Yard and Garden
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We finished the raised bed that our broccoli will reside in. We added PVC hoops so that we could cover the plants. We need to have the ability to cover all the plants we are growing in the cabbage family: broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussels sprout, because cabbage moths get in them and eat the plants and generally make a mess of our harvest. We can also cover them with plastic if the plants need more protection from the elements, like extreme cold or wind.

After we finished our work at 8:30pm last night, we went ahead and planted our broccoli because it was warm and it was going to rain all night and this morning. After being in the raised bed for only one night and one day, they already look really good. Tomorrow we will finish our bed for our kale and get that in hopefully, then on to our cabbage and brussels sprout beds.

Since we will be growing peas this year, I am going to build a trellis for them. They send out tendrils and want to grab on to something. They are a vine and they naturally grow up. You can use just about anything to let the peas grow up. We’ve poked small branches in the ground in years past and they did great. This year, we are going to use long stakes and twine, but I am also going to start up some bamboo for years to come.

I knew of some bamboo down the street from us, so I rode my bike down to the place and cut some. If you have bamboo, you’ll know that it has a lot of leaves, and their shape makes them really blow around a lot in the wind. So much so, in fact, that I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to be able to ride my bike holding bamboo. I then had to walk back home, which I didn’t mind because it isn’t a really long walk back from where I was.

Unfortunately for me it was a rather windy day and when gusts of wind came, it was pretty good exercise keeping the bamboo from blowing in the way of cars that might pass me. In addition, whenever I held the bamboo stalk up and looked at my shadow, I looked like a walking tree. I could feel eyes watching me 🙂

Next, of course, I had to plant the bamboo. I don’t know if this method works yet, but what I did was cut 10 inch lengths at 45 degree angles, applied some rooting hormone on the side I was going to put in the dirt, and then planted it in the dirt. I then filled the inside of the stalk with water and let it sit.

Hopefully it will grow, and in the meantime, we need to get going with covered raised beds!

  1. atkokosplace says:

    I love bamboo. Best of luck with them! I hope they take root! 🙂

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