The white parts have had their bark stripped off. You actually damage the tree to do this, in order for it took look like a mature tree that’s recovered from being hit by lightning or disease. I don’t have bonsai (beause they always die on me), but I have many japanese garden trees. It took me so many years to grow and prune them that I’d never dream of damaging them to create the aestetic above. So that technique feels a bit weird for me. However, it definitely looks awesome.
Sorry I totally forgot about this until I found the tab open. Do you have any smooth plastic, like from packaging? ダンゴムシ can’t climb smooth surfaces (source: I accidently killed a lot of them as a kid), so unless they burrow from underneath to reach your plants, you should be able to deter them with a plastic shield. Actually, a cut up water bottle should work well until they establish themselves.
I typically avoid buying products that come in plastic, so I actually don’t have much I can cut. However, I do happen to have some thin plastic cups that I might be able to find something to cut through. That may also be better as it doesn’t block air flow and doesn’t restrict growth in the long run. I’ll give it a shot!
That’s a possibility, but I don’t know how well they would hold up with watering.
Do you have a good relationship with your neighbors? You may be able to ask them for some That’s what I did for a cosplay project and people were really helpful.
Judging by my mom’s worm composting, cardboard takes a while to break down, even when shredded, so I think it’d probably last the week or two that you’re wanting it for. I’m not sure if it would keep the roly polies away though. Like they might want fiber or something. I don’t know much about them but apparently they eat pavement for the calcium.
I do have a friend who probably has plastic soda bottles.
But first I'll try some of these that I have around from something else.
That’s true. It’s not like I need it to be on there forever.
Coincidentally, I had a whole bunch of cardboard rolls that (due to laziness) had been collecting forever and ever, and I finally was not-lazy and put them all in recycling that went out earlier this week.
Well, so much for the plan to put a ring of cement around the plants…
I wish you the best of luck. I sadly give up on most crops that might be a bit tropical. While Gothenburg is on the warmer side, as to growing regions, it’s still just not good enough. We’ll see what I go for this year. i do want to grow something!!
Maybe try grow naga-negi. I grew them successfully last year. They added fresh japanese onioniness to so many dishes. It was just a slight hassle to keep burying their stems with soil week by week, to make them develop the long white section at the bottom.
So far, I’ve planted about 20-30 seeds between these two variety to start indoors, and they all specifically did not sprout. (All my other lettuces started in the exact same conditions are doing well.)
As for outdoor plants, I have a strategy in motion.
The enemy, and reigning champion of 2022:
The contenders of 2023, sporting plastic fortresses with cut-out bottoms: