Slugs Taught Us the Vital Force of Bamboo Shrubs
One morning during rainy season in my backyard garden, I found two slugs along the bamboo joint. The big green bamboo had a hole at one joint that was probably eaten by some kind of insect. A sticky sap was oozing from that hole, and the slugs were sipping the liquid.
I picked the slugs with the sharp edge of the bamboo branch and dropped them to the ground. However, after about an hour when I returned to the bamboo shrubs, the two slugs were at the bamboo joint again sipping the sap. This time, without piercing the slugs with a bamboo stick, I just dropped them to the ground to see their movement. After about an hour, the slugs were again at the joint of the bamboo.
What component is the bamboo sap the slugs like to sip made of? Of course, I became interested in the strange vital force the bamboo liquid has.
I understood that the vital force of the bamboo is at the joints. The joint has an intensive amount of silicate. In fact, by making a hole in the bamboo joint, and inserting a bamboo branch on that hole, the bamboo will still be intact and continues to grow. It is because of the bamboo sap. You can try to plant any kind of trees or vegetable plants, and they will grow fantastically. It's an amazing sight.
Bamboo as Natural Fertilizer
Do you know bamboo grass (see photo below)?
Actually, bamboo grass does not look like bamboo we imagine. The weeds have an amazing ability to survive regardless of climate and less water. Do you notice that there grows various wild flowers or just wild grasses beneath the bamboo shrubs? These flowers and grasses depend on the energy and vital substances of the bamboo grass.
We studied if the vital substances of the bamboo shrub can be extracted for it to be utilized by other plants as a fertilizer. Of course, there are many uses of bamboo itself. Even though I did not learn it from slugs, I can name bamboo charcoal, bamboo vinegar, bamboo liquid for medicines, bamboo craft, bamboo extracts, and other bamboo products.
Try to see the bamboo forests or bamboo groves. The land does not require any fertilizer, and yet the bamboos grow so big and strong with healthy green color. It is all because of its falling leaves and branches stacked on the surface of the land.
Waste bamboo branches and leaves can be used as fertilizer as seen on the illustration below.
Can you believe that from the above format, you can plant vegetables, flowers and other garden plants without any other fertilizer for over three years?
Just dig about two feet deep in your garden, then, first throw waste bamboo branches and leaves about one foot and garden soil for about one inch. Then, you can place organic kitchen wastes about 3 - 4 inches high. Lastly, you can place garden soil for planting.
We recommend you to place a bamboo or PVC pipe that can reach the bamboo leaves and branches. This is so you can pour enough water for the bamboo wastes to produce or emit vital substances to plants. I have already planted sweet potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corns, papaya, and spinach.
After about three years, the fertilizing effect of the bamboo to plants reduces. In every three years, you can dig and place bamboo, again. Previous bamboo may no longer be there, as they will be all decomposed.
Compared to any other fertilizers, you can minimize your expenses, your time, and effort.
Yes, I agree that it was the slugs that taught me the power of bamboo sap. So I tried to use bamboo sap for seedlings. We planted various kinds of seeds, and watered it with bamboo sap. One lane was being watered with ordinary water and the other lane with bamboo sap water. The result was fantastic. With bamboo sap, it grew about 80% faster and bigger for tomatoes. We scheduled to try it for other vegetables, too.
How to Get Bamboo Sap
The bamboo leaves and branches contain vital components. Our idea is to extract them as natural fertilizer for gardening.
Cut the bamboo leaves and branches as small as possible and submerge them to water.
Mineral contents in the water after a week are as follows:
|Potassium||16 mg / 100 ml.|
|Iron (Fe)||0.017 mg|
You can pour bamboo fertilizer as seen below.
By mixing hot pepper and some vinegar and just a grip of powdered soap, you can spray it as an insecticide.
Try experimenting it by yourself. We do it by trial-and-error method.
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