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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Too much water shows similar characteristics as too little. But with all that rubble in the box, it's possibly too little. You may need to add a bit more humus for moisture retension.
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Yeah I had a look today and with the extra food and compost I put in they seem to be turning green again from the stem end of the leaves? I was worried that it was keeping too much moisture since the top layer of the soil seems to be fairly damp (moisture retaining compost apparently). There's another few inches of space at the top of the bin to put more good soil in - I'll do some of that at the weekend. It's also got some kind of long term pellet type feed trowelled into the top soil too. I didn't realise that they shed in spring - this had me on edge a tad!

Is there any good method to test how quickly the soil drains aside from watching how fast water disappears from the surface?

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 8:28 am    Post subject: Bamoo Reply with quote

Late reply but made me smile when we first moved here ai planted several bamboo's which my neighbour said would never survive. All thriving and a great selling tool.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there any good method to test how quickly the soil drains aside from watching how fast water disappears from the surface?

Cheers for the replies!

Only observation, but observe a few inches down rather than the surface, just check periodically under the top few inches to see how dry the soil is. Regular mulching will help with some moisture loss.
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers bill - I was stuck on a work project every day for 6 weeks and I think the wind / dry weather had got to it - I've stuck in some more brown gold compost on top today again and given it a good water - it's been pellet fed and I've been watering every day for just over a week now and I'm seeing some new shoots! It's a new area for me and I'm a tad paranoid whether I'm doing the wrong or right thing since it seems bamboo looks the same over and under watered. The horticulturist in homebase and woodies both reckoned it was wind drying getting at it so I'll keep a solid regime of daily / second day waters. They also recommended tomato food as a good general food - I've mainly beds with small cordylines / phormiums / ferns / hosta / palm / sedges with a bark mulch over the soil - what would you recommend as a good cover? Would you go organic or something like small gravel?

Again many thanks for the replies - great to get access to folks that have the knowledge and results.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a farmyard manure and compost man myself, it does two jobs in one.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my own bamboos it is manure in the spring and they are mulched with bark and we use fish blood and bone with an occasional sea weed feed. They fly and have adapted to the cold north wind that comes across the valley.
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Again much appreciated folks, I think I have some bark left over.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just was out for a walk this evening through an old garden, on a quest looking for apple trees and I came across a patch of Bamboo well over 10-12ft tall I was rather amazed, and I would imagine they have been just left to grow freely for at least 15-20+ years
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