Just because your Stone Bamboo is big, bold, and beautiful doesn't mean it can't be complemented by equally bold companion plants that support the growth of your lovely, ornamental running bamboo, support bees, birds, and other wildlife, and just really fill in and round out your garden or landscape.
When the goal is to create a stunning, naturalized, perennial garden that requires less and less work every year to maintain as plants fill in by reseeding, spreading, and being split and propagated, adding perennial grasses to your cottagecore garden can not only help fill in and soften spaces between your flowers and shrubs and trees, but grasses like the Red Baron Blood Grass can also give you more color to add even more interest to your garden. Here is a list of companion plants that will pair well with such a bold and vigorously growing perennial grass and add even more beauty to your perennial garden while also attracting hummingbirds, bees, and birds.
Potatoes seem to be one of the few things I've given my own Indian Runner Ducks thus far that are definitely on the "sink" side of "sink or swim". Unlike many other foods that can be fed to your edible landscape ducks by tossing them directly into the pond, potatoes are not one of those things.
When we add plants that continually suck up the moisture left behind from duck excrement and the vigorous dunking of duck heads in the watering bucket to keep the duck coop floor drier, we are creating a planted septic system that keeps the duck house cleaner while producing organic soil for the landscape. As those plants' roots spread and continue to grow, overlapping atop each other, they add more cushion and "new bedding" to the duck coop, with no additional work.
Tea plants are said to be native to (tropical) jungles so, let's mimic that environment. What I mean by that is that you need to keep your Camellia Sinensis moist, by the roots and by the leaves, in a soil with good nutrition that is also (relatively) loose. Let's get into the details of how to make that happen in order to maximize your Tea Plant growth and get to harvesting tea leaves as soon as possible.
You don't have to grow more food to make sure your homestead flock has access to plenty of grubs and bugs, but it definitely helps. Try a combination of these food producing and ornamental plants to bring more bugs to your birds, while still allowing your ducks and chickens to organically fertilize your soil.
Why grow Sea Oats, also commonly known as River Oats, as duck (or chicken) feed? Well, in the journey to being more sustainable, it becomes far cheaper to be able to grow as many foods for your food forest birds as possible. But more on that later, let's hop into growing this sustainable, perennial grain source in your edible landscape, homestead, or farm.
It has been along, tiring journey of chasing down insolent Indian Runner Ducks, hopping plants, sliding in mud, and generally being frustrated about the ducks' resistance to walking the ramp up into the duck house. Part of what made this journey so frustrating was that the ducks began to gather beneath the duck house after only a few days of living in it, which to me said they obviously understand that they knew where they were supposed to go for bed time, but did not understand how to "get upstairs". They'd look up at the place where they were supposed to be with adorable confusion on their faces and when I'd come outside around sunset to help them get to the top, they'd run away and come back as long as I wasn't nearby. 😭😭😭😭😭
Trust the algae. The fact that algae--a living, aquatic plant-- can grow, and possibly thrive, in your planted fish tank, is a visual signal to you, the future fish keeper, that your aquarium is now capable of sustaining life. Algae signals to you that enough aquatic bacteria has built up to process the nutrients in your fish tank, into something that the aquatic plants can use. This is important because your fish need a stable environment where the aquatic plants are constantly sucking the fish waste from the water to create more plants to complete the "aquatic circle of life", which includes the aquatic plants producing the oxygen in the water column that the fish need to survive.