Year 2: Clumping Bamboo

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I planted this clumping bamboo last October.  It will now be on it’s 2nd year and there is little to no growth.  Maybe I should be happy that it’s not spreading too fast.  I am hoping it will just fill out this corner of the yard and not more.  But if any new growths does show up near the fence, it will have to be taken out asap.  Well at this rate, that might not be for a few more years.

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To encourage it to grow and add more nutrients to the soil, I’ve decided to turn this area into my personal compost bin.  I’ve been tossing all the coffee grounds, banana peels, eggshells, etc, around the plant and covering it with grass clippings and dead leaves.  So maybe by spring it will start to give out some new growth.

Algerian Clemetine

Last spring we added this Algerian Clemetine tree to our mini orchard. We had the tree for a year sitting in it’s little pot before finally planting it due to a lack of space.  The tree did not look well and was really about to drop dead.  The leaves started to curl and looked dry despite having sufficient water.

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But after a few weeks of being in the ground, the leaves started to open up.  And just recently it grew new shoots and buds.  I didn’t really think the tree was even going to make it in this location.  Since every tree we ever planted at this spot would die within a year.  I somehow suspect it was gopher eating the roots.  Maybe the gophers have left town.     algerian_clementine_buds2

This weekend I added some citrus fertilizer and mulched around the trunk.  Hopefully we will have some tasty fruits by next spring.

A little bit about the Alegerian Clemetine:

The original clementine, discovered by Father Clement Rodier in the garden of an Algerian orphanage in the late 1890s, was relatively small but high-flavored. It tended to be seedy, especially when grown near other citrus with viable pollen.  Algerian became increasingly popular, however, in home gardens and small farms in Southern California, where it was ideally adapted to the Mediterranean-type climate.  Its seed content varies considerably, from none to a dozen or more, with larger specimens generally having more seeds.” – David Karp for LA Times.

Note:  My new citrus leaves are being attacked by leaf miners!  I don’t plan to use pesticides to kill them, so therefore it’s just wait and see for now.