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Re: Part time farming

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:44 pm
by Shizuman
Thats really awesome mate!
i think we are working roughly the same size land, although i dont have a forest to manage!
all the best mate im looking forward to hearing how you go.

Re: Part time farming

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:15 am
by Zasso Nouka
Had a butchers at your blog man and the forest clearance seems to be going well, you look proper kitted out with the helmet and googles and a wise precaution when felling bamboo of that size.

Bamboo can take quite a while to break down as it has anti microbial properties but if you are in no particular hurry then it will start after a few years. That can be an advantage as we use it to keep our firewood off the ground and some of the poles we have used are still good after 5 years of direct ground contact.

Killing off the rhizomes isn't as difficult as it first might seem. Once you've clear cut the area you want to keep free all you need to do is snap off new shoots at between 1 - 2 metres high and leave them. So long as the pole has no leaf bearing branches it will consume more energy from the roots than it produces gradually weakening the roots. Luckily with taller types of bamboo they have a limited period for sending up shoots so outside of the time frame you don't have to do any further work.

Re: Part time farming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:06 am
by Funasshi
Wow... 5 years wait for the bamboo to decompose. Didn't see that coming.
Oh well.
Actually I read in several different blogs where people tried different approaches to fight off bamboo, that the shoots stopped coming out in areas where thick tarp was on the ground by accident, or cardboard, or similar covers. And that eventually after a few years the roots weakened.
Originally I wanted to do the same thing, to cover the whole lot (over 1000 sqm) with cardboard. But I think that would have lasted 2-3 years at best if not torn apart or moved by the weather before that.
Now that I have all this long lasting bamboo... I will lay them all side by side to cover the ground. That way I will have blocked the sun for say 5 years, while the bamboo breaks down naturally. The old fallen bamboos that have already rotted in my plot are really porous and nice and fall apart by just touching. I guess good stuff for the worms and trees, and increases the soil quality if the whole lot is covered with it. :D
Of course I will keep kicking over any shoots that defy my wooden flooring... and by the time the bamboo is now more covering, my saplings should have established themselves.

Re: Part time farming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:38 pm
by Zasso Nouka
Well hopefully yours will break down a bit quicker as they are out there in the sun and rain, whereas ours are inside a shelter so less exposed. Best of luck :thumbup:

Re: Part time farming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:54 pm
by farmingnoob
Funasshi, is all the bamboo next to your house? Or did you buy a separate plot of 山林 land?

Re: Part time farming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:57 am
by Funasshi
farmingnoob wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:54 pm
Funasshi, is all the bamboo next to your house? Or did you buy a separate plot of 山林 land?
I wish...
No, actually I bought these forest plots first, and then started looking for a house nearby. The closest house I found which I bought is 2-3 minutes bicycle ride away, and has a pretty large garden where I plant some veggies and keep chickens.
These plots do not allow buildings, even though they are sanrin. Unfortunately...
I would love to build a house on the smaller one and live there. I tend to get lazy if the land I am supposed to work is not right under my nose.. hehe