We (my wonderful man/men children & I) spent most of yesterday attempting to eradicate the running bamboo from one of the gardens. It truly is one of the most difficult things to get rid of, and I am once again thankful that we have a tractor to do much of the ripping/pulling/digging. Have you ever seen a plant that is angry when you attempt to remove it? Well, let me tell you, bamboo is absolutely furious...
The reason that I want the bamboo out of this garden, now, is that this particular garden gets sun nearly all day long. It is the perfect place for me to put in a potager. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have a potager on the property! I love the idea of mixing flowers and edibles. We currently have a garden pasture - a large area where there are two raised beds for vegetables, as well as an espalier asian pear, grapes, blueberries, thornless blackberries (although we prefer the wild ones that grow all along one side of our property even if they make us crazy with their thorny canes!), strawberries, various flowers, and 2 beds for raspberries. The potager will be closer to the house and will be where I grow all of my herbs, a number of cut flowers, tomatoes, peas, as well as roses. Right now I am in the planning stages - we measured the space and I sketched it out last night. Today we need to complete the removal of the bamboo, and then level the space, moving a rock wall a bit and adding some compost. It is a big job but it will be so worth it when it is finished!
Below is a photo taken yesterday from the deck off our our master suite, looking down on the current state of the garden. I am happy to tell you that most of the bamboo is gone. However, it still looks nearly this awful... Stay tuned!