This bamboo surprised me by sending out shoots away from the\nwater into the hard packed dry soil. It's growing better than I\nexpected it would in West Texas desert. Big strong shoots are\ngoing out in every direction. It grows bigger, taller, stronger\nevery year.\n\nNow if I could keep the damn rabbits from eating the young shoots\nthere would be a lot more bamboo. When my old house cat was\nalive she never let the rabbits live long enough to be a problem.\nThe new cat is just learning how to hunt and the rabbits have grown\nto big for her to kill. When she has kittens in a few months and they\nget big enough to hunt there won't be a rabbit left in this area.