Friday, January 27, 2012

How to combat the cold

I know you all are wondering how you will ever make your garden survive the winter. You just planted all your favorite annuals , and want them to survive their first winter so you can have a wonderful production in following spring. Well, here are a few tips to survive the cold.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bamboo Recovery started

Hello everybody!
I am making progress on getting my bamboo back to health. As you might know I was having problems with my bamboo dying. I found that the problem was either too much liquid fertilizer or a bacterial infection OR SOMETHING ! But the cure was simply to change the water every three days and replace it with a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 Gallon water, and to disinfect the Snapple bottle I am using as a vase. This is the progress of about 7 days of treatment.

This is the whole thing. Much of the bamboo shaft turned yellow, and most of the leaves have turned yellow and fell off. Extensive damage was done, in fact if this were a car accident those people who provide car insurances would have totaled it, and just issued me a check for a replacement. However I feel rather sentimental about this particular bamboo, as it is my first, and I want it to grow to be huge and prosperous!

 As you can see there is new growth , which makes me very happy! The tiny leaf in the middle shooting out is the start of recovery. The bamboo is basically a grass, and as such will shed the dead stuff and start over.

The yellowing on the secondary stalk should come right off once the green parts under it have matured. It will act much like a scab when you scrape you elbow, protection for the soft under parts!

OK, Thanks for reading guys! come back again soon! Next time I will probably show off my avocado tree baby! 
I will probably not have any "real" garden stuff for you guys any time soon just because of the weather and time of year, but once spring shows up I will ride that season for all it's worth! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hello All! It has been a while. But as winter has taken hold the garden has basically died off an left me with only my few indoor plants to talk about. Here goes my briefing on my bamboo . 

I bought this fancy little bamboo stick for a full DOLLAR at my local 99Ranch Market. The store always smells like fish, because they have a huge fish department, but I might have to go back in to get a new bamboo because I seem to be killing my first. 
 Bamboo is supposed to be one of the toughest plants around, but I guess if you do things wrong you can kill just about anything. haha. Poor bamboo, it's got yellow leaves and even the steam is changing color a bit.
I know, lots of you thought I had a green thumb, and maybe I do have it a little, but relying only on talent will not be enough I have
found. I need to learn enough to keep my plants healthy.

 But I was able to email my aunt, who is crazy smart, and she told me what to do after I told her what I was doing. I was using a liquid fertilizer, probably in excess, and the plant was burning, or it was a bacterial infection and changing the water and replacing it with a solution of 1 TBS Bleach to one gallon water is about all you can do in both cases

The next step is to sit and wait, and hope for the best.

So, that is about it, I might have an update on my basil soon, or perhaps my Orange tree again, I am thinking of giving it a trim for the first time!

Thanks for reading all! and come back again soon!