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overcome by bamboo and explosive mines

Posted by Clare z6 MO (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 27, 04 at 19:05

Some problems are tougher than others. See in the Bamboo forum a post regarding locating and removing mines which have been overgrown by bamboo.

Here is a link that might be useful: mineclearance and bamboo


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RE: overcome by bamboo and explosive mines

  • Posted by Cady 6b MA (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 27, 04 at 22:23

Hey! I was in that thread! Now you know about my secret life as a bamboo addict.

That chap does have a challenging job, and I hope he accomplishes his task without incident. Fortunately, the armored equipment they use lets them contain any explosions, but I still wonder whether they will be able to extract every mine before villagers attempt to cultivate the land.

Maybe we should offer those Cambodian villagers a complete garden restoration once the mines and bamboo have been taken out.


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  • Posted by mjsee Zone 7, NC (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 28, 04 at 12:49

wow. amazing thread. Did anyone hear the story on NPR (don't remeber which show) about the plants someone has developed that change color when they are growing over a mine? I can't find the audio--but did find this story via google. Pretty cool....

melanie

Here is a link that might be useful: land-mine detecting plants


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RE: overcome by bamboo and explosive mines

What are you talking about Cady?? now we at the boo forum know that you are a Garden restoration addict!! Boy, wait till I tell everyone..... :) I need to get out of the boo forum, this looks like a nice one..


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  • Posted by Cady 6b MA (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 28, 04 at 18:12

Melanie,
I heard that story on NPR a couple months ago, and mentioned it to the person who posted the mine removal thread on the Bamboo forum. He is familiar with the plant - developed by a Dutch company. His concern was that it might not grow in the area he needs to de-mine. Also, the time involved growing it is too much - he says that the farmers are already moving onto the land to farm it.

Nandina made a good suggestion to him on the 'Boo forum -- to talk with the horticulturists at the agricultural field station in Savannah, GA, where many species of bamboo are grown, and also where there is a quarantine station for imported bamboo.


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YO! WB! RE: overcome by bamboo and explosive mines

  • Posted by Cady 6b MA (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 28, 04 at 18:14

Good to see you here, WildBill. Another bamboo addict who's also a garden restoration/history fanatic. You and Spectre should get to know each other. You'll click.


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