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Old 10-13-2009, 10:53 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Thanks Ron,

The "end" plants are 2 ft 7 in (80 cm) from the ends, and the plant spacing is about 5 ft 3 in (161 cm). The Misi Luki I planted was a tissue culture this spring so it has 18 months to go. At least 4 of the remaining 5 will fruit next year. These will be replaced with pups of various ages growing in pots. My long-term goal is to have 2-3 plants fruit each year -- we'll see how it actually turns out!
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Bamboo is invasive. Even the clumping kind will expand to a "clump" 15 to 20 feet in diameter over 10-20 years. If you like the way it looks then grow it in a box and regularly check for rhysomes trying to "escape". There are so many other things you could grow instead -- and many of them produce fruit!
Very true! At my step-father's great-grandmother's property, there was a wall 30 foot tall - or more - of bamboo. I tried to get into it, but I knew if I did I would not get out.

Pineapple is good too, and easy to propagate from the store! Be sure to post pics of that in 4 years.
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Pineapple is good too, and easy to propagate from the store! Be sure to post pics of that in 4 years.
2 years grown organically
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18 months grown with organic chemical salts.
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I didn't know how long it takes to grow a pineapple and just estimated. :P
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:43 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Here's a photo from February 2008 looking out at the future banana plat (bed) site:



Here's that same view today! The photo location is now inside a plant shelter and the ceramic "sun" in the above photo is barely visible on the fence in the center of this photo:



And here's the completed banana plat:



It has two irrigation valves: one for the bed and a second for the plant stock perched on the bed "walls".

Whew! That probably wouldn't have been completed this year if Tony (sunfish) hadn't kept me going. THANKS!
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looks great Richard!
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You have definitely made others jealous.
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After being in the new bed about 2 weeks, all the 'naners have put out a new leaf except the Dwarf Orinoco:



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Awesome, Richard. You may have mentioned this earlier in the thread, but I didn't see it. How far apart did you plant your bananas there along the fence?

Congrats on your Dwarf Orinoco flower. I planted my Dwarf Orinoco plants about six weeks ago, and they are just starting to grow now. I was worried that they weren't going to make it.
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Nevermind -- I just found the spacing at 5 feet 3 inches.
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Wow! that really looks great Richard both you and Tony did a great job!
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Dang....what a way to start off the new bed! Guess you're going to have lots of productivity from there at this rate, huh?!
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Congrats on the flower Richard! Is this the first bloom at this house?
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What's in your neighbor 's backyard? I don't see much plants there, nothing but concrete?
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There are five kids, concrete & synthetic turf front and back, a BBQ and a small RV canopy in the back for shade. A landscape maintenance contractor comes once a week to sweep up debris. However, notice that there is a stairway leading up from the immediate backyard to another 1/4 acre which they had cleared when they moved in. The neighbor tells me that "someday" she'd like to grow fruits and vegetables up there.
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Need to tell them to hurry up plant it up before inflation goes crazy and they have to start a garden! :-)

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Yesterday Tony and I constructed another wall, this time on the east side of my house. The area with the muddy dirt will be filled with a concrete slab and then shelving will be erected to store pots, pipe parts, etc.

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You could fit a nice little table top composter over there...
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