Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bamboo harvest

The purpose of this project was to thin out the bamboo. It is surrounded by a buried 3 foot deep heavy gauge plastic barrier, to prevent growing into the neighbor's yard. The cluster has been growing about 7 years. It's been thinned a couple of times. Now it's much to thick, and the individual poles don't stand out. I removed about 1/2. The variety is "Phyllostachys aureosulcata aureocaulis"Here's another description of this cultivar.

This is a great "sustainable gardening" or "permaculture" plant, as long as it's growth is controlled. This is more tomato-posts and other plant stakes than I'll need for the next few years. I'll let them dry and store them until needed.

Support for grapevines. A few weeks ago, I thinned the grove of Timber Bamboo. This is supposedly Phyllostachys vivax but I'm not sure. After procrastinating for months, about adding some supports for the grapevines on the side of the arbor, I trimmed 2 of the harvested culms drilled a small hole in each, and fastened them to the arbor with screws. The supports are sturdy, and a bit flexible. About 15 minutes of work.

Inside the arbor. It's difficult to see, due to the lush grapevines. These now provide shade from the hot Western sun. It was almost instantly cooler once I had them in place and tied the sprawling vines to the supports. This definitely qualifies in the "cheap + lazy" category, and given that no trees were cut down, no trucks used for transport, no energy used in lumber mills, is also a green thing to do.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Read your interesting blog on bamboo.
    We are in Vancouver, WA. Do you know where we could purchase bamboo poles one and two inches in diameter, in various lengths?

    Thank you