Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Grazing at the old Grit place

 I took some pictures of things growing in my yard. Stop by and help yourself:

First up - alliums - these are the flowering sort:

The flowers are similar to the flowers on onions, garlic and ramps, only huge. That makes sense seeing as how they are all in the same family:

Next, bamboo shoots - these are the stobs sent forth by the giant Japanese bamboo I planted 10 years ago - they grow very rapidly and I have to cut them out of the ground every day otherwise I will trip over the ones that grow in my running track:

Next, green or spring onions - I mentioned that they are numerous in my yard - yet another allium, prolific and pungent:

CL mentioned poke weed - as I have written here over the years, I grow bumper crops of that plant in my yard - I would not advise consuming any portion of these plants - they are very toxic:

Today's picture of the bamboo shoots - they will be four feet tall within days, then thirty feet tall within a month.

Appropriate music from our family friend.

Speaking of grazing.

Euell Gibbons eats a pine tree. I read his book. I shop in stores, thanks.


I just went out back to take some more pictures:

The stobs have grown taller since this morning:

This rhizome burst through the surface since I was out there cutting them out this morning:

This is what the sprouts in my next door neighbor's yard look like right now. They will be gone next time he mows:


chickelit said...

Years ago when I lived in Oceanside I planted some ornamental bamboo against the back fence between homes. It looked great for the first couple years but then it got real aggressive and invasive and started popping up all over the yard and in the neighbor's yard. They propagate underground using rhizomes. I ended up ripping it all out.

Sixty Grit said...

It is aggressive, and it pops up in my neighbors' yards. I like it!

chickelit said...

You can't get rid of it unless you pull out all the lateral rhyzomes. Cutting it just seems to make it grow feaster.

Sixty Grit said...

Correct, however, cutting off the terminal buds each year end the growth of that particular sprout. I don't mind the rest of it spreading - I planted it for a reason and it is doing its job. And when I am no longer here - well, it will be someone else's problem, er, choice.

ndspinelli said...

Ever pick a mess of that polk salad?

Calypso Facto said...

Had a poke weed volunteer come up in the garden a couple years ago ... amazing how fast that stuff grows!

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Looks dangerous.

Sixty Grit said...

My yard is a scary place, oh yeah, even without the punji sticks!

Dad Bones said...

Your yard is a scary place, SG? Did the gators get your granny, too? (chomp chomp) You do have an interesting yard.

That line in the song is definitely regional. Not many people worry about losing their relatives to alligators. Poke Salad Annie who makes the gators look tame tells me I wouldn't want to run into Annie in the swamp any more than I'd want to trip over a gator.

Sixty Grit said...

People ask if there are snakes in my yard and I assure them that the place is snake-free - the alligators ate all the snakes.

That's actually an old bayou joke, and for the most part gators don't make it this far inland. Down at the coast, however, is another story.

For the record, I have never consumed poke weed. Phytolacca americana is toxic in all of its parts, but birds can eat the berries, so I allow the plants to grow go to seed. Then I get lots of birds to watch.

So every year I allow the poke weed to flourish and grow tall. It is quite a large weed and it does well around here.

wendybar said...

I wanted to get Bamboo for my yard, and it is against regulations in New Jersey. You can't buy it here at all...even for containers. I see it growing wild by the Garden State Parkway....It's beautiful...

Sixty Grit said...

Interesting - seems an odd choice of things to ban, but NJ, eh? I ordered my giant Japanese bamboo from a company in Georgia and I think I received six canes. I planted them and it took a while, like a couple of years, but eventually they took over the entire area I had set aside for it. I trenched out a perimeter 18" deep and sunk so-called "Bamboo barrier" into the trench, back filled, and that worked for a few years. It has now jumped the barrier - bamboo is nothing if not persistent, and now I just mow down the shoots that pop up in the yard.

Just for fun I put the Japanese bamboo on one end of the designated space and I dug up some rhizomes from a friend's yard and planted those at the other end - maybe 100 feet away. They both spread out and eventually met in the middle - now they are having a bamboo war.

So, the point of this is - you can mail order it, you can dig it where you find it, and you can thumb your nose at the authorities - you make the call. And if it is in a container it's not going anywhere. In time it will choke out due to lack of nutrients, but then you can start afresh. It's bamboo - a fast growing grass plant. It is fun and you can make homemade crafts with the dried stalks.

ampersand said...
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ampersand said...

OT. Comrades we are now officially the United Soviet States of America

CBS says

85% of viewers approve of Biden's address to Congress

There is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia but BS is 2/3 of CBS.

Sixty Grit said...