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Bye-bye Bamboo

Bamboo is taking over!

Bamboo is taking over!

The bamboo stand is gone!  The soil looked pretty good underneath with lots of fat earthworms and I added a good dose of composted manure (thank you, sheep & chickens) so the little kitchen herb garden is ready for plants.  I think I can see the lemon balm smiling now that its getting some more sun.  We enjoyed the chive blossoms in a salad…very tasty!  Now I can look seriously at the beautiful herb plants from local farms that are for sale at our Food Co-op.

We’ve just received the latest MOFGA Newsletter (Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association) and there was a most timely article in it about invasive plants and how to deal with them.  I was happy to see that bamboo was included.  It turns out that the “digging it out” method I used is probably not going to work so I’m going to have to keep an eye peeled for any little shoots that appear…and according to this article, they will!

Look at the size of those canes! This is just a small portion of what I dug out. Jim took several loads away in the bucket of the tractor.

Look at the size of those canes! This is just a small portion of what I dug out. Jim took several loads away in the bucket of the tractor.

A much happier space...happier me, too!  OK...so I can now see that the trimwork needs some paint...putting that on the list!  But first, plants!!

A much happier space...happier me, too! OK...so I can now see that the trimwork needs some paint...putting that on the list! But first, plants!!

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