Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Recent Harvest and Oldham Bamboo

The best time for gardening in my zone is right now! I've been spending as much time as possible outside in the garden. Everything is so beautiful when it's not being stressed by heat. I'll have to ask Byron if I'm more beautiful lately ;-) Here is my recent harvest....
Curly mustard, Asian greens, arugula, pok choy several types of eggplant, several types of peppers, oregano, and green beans....yum yum. Recently I planted lettuce, beets, carrots (yellow, purple and orange), cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Look how tall my Oldham bamboo is getting! It's supposed to grow to a height of 75 feet and have canes 5 inches in diameter. This cane is probably about 20 feet. Can't wait to see how tall it will get next year.

Here is a close up of the tall cane. As the plant matures it is supposed to take on a golden hue. This is a clumping variety and should make a clump about 15 feet in diameter. If you can grow bamboo it makes great stakes for the garden. I pick bamboo stakes almost every year from a wild clump growing near the levee. I'm hoping that I will eventually be able to harvest large canes from this clump to fashion garden features from it.
Here's a link on this variety of bamboo OLDHAM BAMBOO
Oh yes, My husband is planning to start my pergola soon! Maybe it'll be done by Christmas. Fingers crossed. Its going to have two bench swings and a fire pit that serves as a coffee table in spring. One more reason why I love Byron!


JeanSkirtGirl said...

Your garding looking great keep up the work! love carmencita

Egghead said...

You are so lucky to have such a great growing season. Things are winding down from the beautiful fall leaves to gray days now here. I love the bamboo.