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PostHeaderIcon Time to Plant

New Henon shoot emerging about this time in 2008.

New Henon shoot emerging about this time in 2008.

The hardest part of planting boo is thinking years ahead. After all, bamboo is a long term commitment. Once planted and established, it’ll take a bulldozer to get rid of it, so one has to be absolutely certain that it’s planted exactly where one wants it to be planted, and planted in an area where it can be perpetually maintained. It’s bed will have to be tended forever once it’s planted to keep it from spreading out of control. Or planted where it doesn’t matter about spreading. It’s actually not a hard thing to keep boo under control, but it takes a little effort.

However, there are circumstances where the boo takes less or no effort. For instance, if it’s planted in an area that’s normally very dry. The boo will grow where it’s irrigated but won’t spread much at all where it’s not. But… it will require a bit of TLC at least until the grove gets established. On the other hand, if the area is moist and green, the boo will grow quickly and tall. And that’s the conundrum I face. I have a nice area where stuffs grows well and where the boo would flourish. A place where I’d have to expend a bit of effort to keep the boo in it’s own bed. And I have an area where the boo would survive if tended at least until it becomes established, but it may never achieve it’s full potential. It won’t spread much except where I irrigate, but that’s a plus if I want a maintenance-free bed. But then why have giant boo if it never becomes giant?

Rich soil location choice for my boo

Rich soil location choice for my boo

So I’m going back and forth. I want this boo to really kick into full growing gear and to not need much care to grow. On the other hand, I want the boo to not need much future maintenance. If we leave this property, I want it to pretty much keep to itself so future land-owners won’t have the burden of work (which may motivate potential removal which would be a bummer for this fine boo).

Big, heavy 25-gallon molasses tub full of wet soil and bamboo. No fun moving that!

Big, heavy 25-gallon molasses tub full of wet soil and bamboo. No fun moving that!

I have a couple of boos I want to plant tho, and I want to keep them in separate beds. One is unidentified but I”ve seen mature culms from this boo and it’s a pretty impressive boo. Green culms, two inches in diameter, over 30′ tall. Not a bad boo. The Henon will get taller, of course – if it’s in an ideal growing environment that is. If it’s not, it may remain fairly stunted. This is boo that’s supposed to get to 65′ tall and form 4.5″ diameter culms. I want that boo to get that big! A stand of that giant boo would look outstanding! Especially as the culms take on a grayish hue – looking like a blue stand of boo. So, stunted is out.

The hole in which the plunged tub once sat. I'm happy it wasn't hard to dig out.

The hole in which the plunged tub once sat. I'm happy it wasn't hard to dig out.

And stunted it is currently. Oh, every year the new shoots are a little bigger. It has actually come a long way from when I got it a couple of years ago. But being planted in a 25-gallon tub does tend to constrain the boo a bit and… stunt it. I expect it should be a bit taller by now and with more culms and perhaps even thicker – tho they’re coming in at about a quarter to 5/8′s inch in diameter now. Perhaps even thicker this year – new shoots are a bit late this year. I hadn’t planted it out yet because the layout of this property is in quite a ruckus. There are so many projects needing a place to call their own, and where to put them all has been a bit of a conundrum for me and still is.

Gray Henon boo ready to be dragged to it's new location, depotted and planted in a new hole.

Gray Henon boo ready to be dragged to it's new location, depotted and planted in a new hole.

But it’s starting to come together finally. I’ve finally settled on my bee-yard location. A quarter acre square on my property finally dedicated to something and it ain’t gonna change. It’s perfect for the bees – nothing grows well there so the wildflowers and grasses remains short, and it’s flat, out in the open and up high where it doesn’t flood. I plan on getting a blanket of bluebonnets growing there next year even. And the area where water flows across our property I’ve finally dedicated to my vineyard/orchard. The soil is rich and black there and deep enough to retain moisture even in the middle of drought, keeping a green swath of plants in the middle of brown. If the weeds like it in the middle of drought, so will fruit trees and vines. The water doesn’t flow but a few times a year and for just a few hours at a time so there’s no danger of drowning the trees and vines. Free irrigation and rich soil.

But, that’s a problem for the boo – because where it could be growing where it would grow to its maximum potential is in part of this moister and richer part of the property that could as easily grow fruiting trees or grapes or something. I could plant cherry trees where the boo might go, for instance. But the boo will provide some food – bamboo shoots are delish. And my wife sure likes bamboo shoots, so it’s yet another thing I can produce that will make her happy. Happy wife, happy hubby. I must not be too stingy with my richer soil.

Kids helped dig hole for the boo. Kenan is so happy. No really, he is.

Kids helped dig hole for the boo. Kenan is so happy. No really, he is.

Oh what to do, where to plant? I want both of the boo beds to be next to each other, and perhaps room for a third so I can get some Vivax growing. I’ll have trenches dug around each bed so that I can keep the rhizomes trimmed. But if I leave this property for some reason, I don’t want the future owners to come into lotsa extra work and self-education and I want them to want to keep the boo because of how beautiful it is. If it becomes too much work, they may just bulldoze it and years, even decades, of hard work and growing will be for naught.

Planted finally. It's got a nice little clearing there to fill in with a new grove of lovely boo.

Planted finally. It's got a nice little clearing there to fill in with a new grove of lovely boo.

Besides that, there is an interesting property about boo. Where ever it gets established, it seems to make better. It helps the soil retain moisture, trapping and holding rain-water better and adding organic matter onto and into the soil – it’s a great rehabilitation plant. Perhaps then I should take advantage of it’s capabilities and plant it in the less ideal location where each bed will make the soil where it grows better, while still not spreading as aggressively into the neighboring soil. Is that it, then? Have I made up my mind? Hard to say. I feel like Brett Favre. I may walk around with the shovel and just dig the hole where it seems natural.

A regal looking clump of Giant Gray Henon boo. Not so giant now, but it will become so soon enough.

A regal looking clump of Giant Gray Henon boo. Not so giant now, but it will become so soon enough.

I plunged the tub of Henon in the ground a couple of years ago to protect its roots from cold and heat. Earth-mass works great. Pots sitting on top of the ground would tend to get cold – perhaps even freeze if it gets really cold. It got really cold this last winter. And they also tend to cook in the heat of summer. But the boo is happy. New leaves are starting to pop out. New shoots haven’t kicked in yet – I expect that in a couple of weeks or so – perhaps even next week. But, that’s a 25-gallon tub that’s sitting in the ground. 25 gallons of moist topsoil. A good 400lbs or more. But, can’t hurt to try if I’m careful. I’m not going to lift it straight up, of course. But, perhaps I could wiggle it out sideways? So I excavated one side of the tub and found that I could wiggle the tub. Good news! I wiggled it out of the hole and it’s now sitting on the ground, waiting to be dragged to it’s new home. It was a monumental effort, but it worked. Well, I’m committed now – tubs out of the hole and ready.

After much walking across the property and doing the eeny meeny miny mo thing, I finally decided where to put the boo. I chose a richer soil option this time. The poor soil my other boo was in was too hard to keep up with and the boo nearly died and is still set back. Later on, perhaps. So, I settled on a little clearing by the mulberry trees and blackberry brambles. It’s in a clearing next to where the water flows over the 4′ drop, so there’s plenty of moisture. No neighbors to worry about either since it’s centered on our property – this boo can spread at will. Of course, I could have put fruit trees there, but then so could I have in any other location I’d put this boo. If I want my boo, I’m going to have to make sacrifices.

I decided to put the smaller, more pathetic boo near where the wild asparagus is growing – if the asparagus is happy there without any care at all, so will the boo. It’s extremely yellow now – I will feed it later on and provide a bit of iron to help bring some color back and then let nature do the rest. That hole was easy to dig – that boo was just in a 3-gallon pot. Dug hole, plopped in root-ball, backfilled and tamped and walked away. It’s so moist there I didn’t even water it in – the root-ball wasn’t disturbed and everything is pretty we. It’s sprinkling on and off during the day so that’ll suffice. This boo will be a lovely boo when it starts growing and producing 30′ tall culms. Especially if I cull out the thinner culms.

Boo I rescued from a bulldozer. Pathetic looking now - but it's in the ground again and will flourish soon and look lovely.

Boo I rescued from a bulldozer. Pathetic looking now – but it's in the ground again and will flourish soon and look lovely.

The Henon was a bit more difficult. Dragging the 25-gallon tub of wet soil over there was the first challenge. Heavy. But apparently I was heavy enough to move it. I had no idea how to get the dirt-ball out of the pot tho. But, digging the hole became the next job. I got the kids involved. I knew they were good for something. Between the three of us we got a fairly decent hold dug. Then I tipped the tub on it’s side and started putting my weight on it to compress the soil a bit then rolled it a bit and repeated. I figured if I could get the soil separated from the side of the tub I could get the root-ball to work itself out of the tub. And that’s exactly what it did – as I rolled it, the root-ball started to come out. When it was out far enough I tipped it over further and wrested the tub away from it. And there it was – my root-ball. It looked to be in pretty good shape – not root-bound yet. Healthy rhizomes too. Since I had a pile of gravel over the drain-hole it came out and left a little indentation in the bottom of the root-ball so I built a loose mound of soil in the bottom of the hole to fill it up when the root-ball was placed in there. Or rather, when the root-ball was dropped in there. There was no way I was picking that monster up.

With it still on its side, I wiggled the root-ball some more – happy it was staying together so well – until the bottom was well over the edge of the hole. Then I let gravity do the rest – pulling the bottom down and letting the root-ball plop in the hole right-side up. And the hole was the perfect depth – it fit perfectly. Good kids. Now we just backfilled, tamped, backfilled some more and there it was – the last of my boo planted in the ground finally. Now to neglect it and let it do its thing… In a couple of years I should have many new culms and much taller. Finally, my first boo forest.

Taro & Ti Home

PostHeaderIcon Making the World a Better Place, One Pie at a Time

Heard of Kate McDermott?  ”Making the World a Better Place, One Pie at a Time”  Reading her Pie Dough Article  http://bit.ly/eulux2  This lady has some really impressive stats~   “I would do anything to take an Art of the Pie class from Kate.” —Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia
Hawaiian Food Recipe

PostHeaderIcon Making the World a Better Place, One Pie at a Time

Heard of Kate McDermott?  ”Making the World a Better Place, One Pie at a Time”  Reading her Pie Dough Article  http://bit.ly/eulux2  This lady has some really impressive stats~   “I would do anything to take an Art of the Pie class from Kate.” —Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia
Hawaiian Food Recipe

PostHeaderIcon Time for Tako Poke

Happy belated Thanksgiving ya’ all.  Hope you had a great FEAST.

At this point, if you now don’t want to see Turkey for the next week at least, here I offer something entirely different and from the ocean in the form of Tako! A.K.A. “Squid”, or more technically, (an 8-legged) Octopus, which is a cephalopod. This, from a guy who had just arrived on shore with his catch as I arrived at Kuliou’ou Beach Park in Hawaii Kai, after having caught them right on the reef in Maunalua Bay.

The very first thing I asked him was, “What brah? Tako Poke?”, to which he (essentially) replied, “You know ‘dat cuz!”. lol

Check out this set of really cool pics I took (as always, click on each photo to enlarge it) just last weekend of his AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL catch, which are estimated to weigh between 3 to 4 pounds for each Tako (Octopus)…

The underside, where the “beak” is (hidden in that hole are the teeth the Octopus uses to crush small crabs and shrimp, which are its ideal food source)…

The Octopus’ ink sack (that black thing)…

Pretty neat, and truly one of them “Lucky We Live Hawaii”, priceless moments! I love the texture of the Octopus’ skin, as well as the complex parts inside and around its head.

I must admit, those were some GREAT photos. Which brings to mind this parody logo I created a while ago…

Those two Tako (the Japanese term for Octopus) got me so jazzed-up and “psyched”, I just had to go get me some Tako to eat, so I immediately headed back to town, down Kapahulu Avenue, and dropped by none other than the POKE KING of kings, queens and all other royalty in Honolulu over at Ono Seafood!…

I swear to God, this is by far, THE BEST place to get Poke on Oahu. Absolute BROKE DA’ MOUT WINNAHZ!

Ono Seafood’s Smoked Scallops…

Ono Seafood’s Dried Ahi…

Ono Seafood’s Smoked Marlin…

Dried Dark Meat…

Ono Seafood’s Sashimi…

Ono Seafood’s Smoked Tako…

Ono Seafood’s Opae (dried shrimp, which is ONO by itself with POI!) and Dried Tako…

Ono Seafood’s ‘Seafood Combo’…

Ono Seafood’s Pickle Onion (notice it’s singular “pickle onion” not “pickled onions”) and pickle ogo…

Ono Seafood’s Namasu and Kini Lau…

Ono Seafood’s Taegu, Usu Aji Kyuri and Dried Poke…

Ono Seafood’s Kukui Nut and Limu Kohu (gold!)…

Ono Seafood’s EXCELLENT Boiled Peanuts…

Ono Seafood’s Chili Pepper Water (a.k.a. “Chili Peppah Watah”)…

Ono Seafood’s current menu (as of 11/19/10)…

Notice the menu says “Poke Made to Order”. Big difference my friend. HUGE difference. That’s what makes them DA’ BEST-EST, EST, EST, EST, EST, ESTES.

This sounds familiar

Ooh, now on Facebook!

This is Mrs. Sakuma, Ono Seafood’s owner/operator/”Poke Chef” (because, really, it truly is a very technical profession to make EXCELLENT>>Honolulu’s BEST Poke as they do!)…

Here’s a closer look at those BEAUTIFUL slices of Tako, just waiting for a dash of Shoyu, Chili Pepper, Kukui Nut, Hawaiian Salt and everything else that makes it the FANTABULOUS Poke that it shall become…

And finally, after it’s all dressed-up in said “ingrediments”, Ono Seafood’s MADE-TO-ORDER Tako Poke!…

How is it? AWESOME! So tender, and not rubbery at all. Fresh-tasting, while being perfectly seasoned with just the right level of salt, sweet, hot and spicy. 5 SPAM Musubi Tako Poke, right here at Ono Seafood. So, so ono! Om-nom-nom-Tako Poke-nom!

Rounding it out, I also grabbed a package of Ono Seafood’s Smoked Tako…

How is Ono Seafood’s Smoked Tako? Umm, can someone get me another package? EXCELLENT! Not too smokey, where I can still taste the Tako flavor, while being perfectly seasoned and sliced thin, so it was naturally easy to chew. Good stuff! 5 SPAM Musubi. Heck, probably everything that rolls out of Ono Seafood’s tiny hole-in-wall door is probably 5 SPAM Musubi stuff!

Ah yes, nothing like savoring the memory of super-fresh, made-to-order, broke da’ mout winnahz Tako Poke after a day of Turkey, Turkey, and more Turkey.

Happy Black Friday everyone!

The Tasty Island