So far I've mostly planted trees (numerous magnolia, maple, cypress & oak) and bamboo on my new property, though many of the boos will produce excellent quality sprouts once they get going. Just in the last weeks I've been dividing some of the clumps before they take off again in spring. I've got 20 varieties of boo and some will produce sprouts which can be eaten even without cooking. Haven't started harvesting for food yet.
The latest clump was huge & took me two days to dig & divide with roots intact as I'm also creating a bamboo cathedral** and a bamboo forest and want to give them a running start. I plant only clumping types, not runners so they are more easily controlled.
I'm leaving sun lit clearings for growing vegetables and herbs. Also I want to plant olive trees. The only ones I've killed so far are two apples. I'll try again this year to get two varieties established (required for cross pollination). I'm right on the border for them (temperature wise) so it's tricky. I've got a Mexicola Grande avocado just starting to bloom*** and will get another variety which harvests at a separate time of the year. I also planted two orange species which should ripen a few months apart, extending my orange season. These are just for juicing. I'll still buy California navel oranges for eating. Can't beat'm. But Florida produces the best eating grapefruit and so I planted a Ruby Red.
Before I get into vegetable gardening I'll probably take a local course in urban farming. Also a neighbor recently invited me to join her at the town's community garden. After I helped her plant an oak last week, she gave me some fresh collard greens and cabbage she'd just picked there.
**Here's an example of bamboo cathedral aka bamboo tunnel I found online. The one i'm doing will have about 100-120 ft of a str8 line similar to pic, then about another 100 ft of bamboo gallery spaces (a connected series of outdoor "rooms") and then another 100 ft of a winding tunnel,
here's this season's guacamole (just took pic)
Following are pics from the other week's dig & divide. A smallish clump that took about four hours to dig, divide and replant. This is Bambusa textilis gracilis aka "graceful bamboo". A very tight clumper, it's not an eating bamboo, gets to about 20-25 ft tall by 1-1.5 inch diameter culms. They don't size up after the shoot matures, but each year the new shoots are progressively larger through maturity.
This clump is about a year and a half old from another division I did.
I've dug out the soil from around the roots of the clump.
Then I start to jet away the soil to expose the rhizomes and to lighten up the clump so I can get it out of the ground to divide.
Then wrestle/leverage out of the ground
Continue to jet away the soil. Here you can see how the roots are connected to the rhizomes and the rhizomes are connected to the culms. Notice how the rhizomes curve up as they shoot out. That's the difference between clumping bamboo and running bamboo. A runner puts out long lateral rhizomes which then sprout new culms at a further distance from the original plant while the clumper's rhizomes form "U"s which can be very tight like these or more loosely spaced.
Once I can see what's going on in there, I can divide either each culm individually if I feel there is enough root, or with these, to assure survival, I cut them with three culms attached per rhizome like this:
At your hardiness zone, you'd probably have to do running bamboo as the clumpers are generally for warmer climes. I understand that a number of those are edible. Some as mine should not be bitter even when raw.