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Bamboo Cincinnati Gabelman's Gardens

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Container gardening is a good way to garden when you are limited with space. There are many different types of plants that will do well in a pot. Just keep in mind that any plant in a pot will require much more attention than a plant in the ground. Because plants in a pot will dry out a lot faster than a plant in the ground. Plus, container gardening doesn’t give you near the amount of soil around the plants roots.  The more soil around the plants roots the better the plant will do. So, when container gardening make sure to use the largest container you can possibly get.

Greenhouse Gardening

Greenhouse Gardening

Greenhouse Container Gardening

When container gardening it’s great to have a greenhouse to store your plants in for the winter. Most plants will not survive the winter in a pot outdoors if the pot freezes solid usually the plant will die. Unless protection is used such as bubble wrapped pots or healed in pots. Healed in means buried in mulch or dirt temporarily for the winter months. Every year I drag a bunch of pots in the greenhouse for the winter and they always do just fine in there and I live in zone 6. I really like my greenhouse and wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being able to control things like temperature, moisture, air flow, pests and animals. By animals and pests I mean I can keep them out of my garden in the greenhouse. It’s nice having so much control over my gardening choices.

Container Gardening Tomatoes and Cucumbers

My favorite things to grow with container gardening are tomatoes and cucumbers. They really do well in the greenhouse and they just fill the place making it kinda feels like a small rainforest. It can get pretty hot and steamy in there sometimes but the plants love it. I grew a tomato plant that was over 16 ft long(tall).I have never been able to grow cucumbers well out in the yard but man they grow great in the greenhouse. I also grow strawberries in containers in the greenhouse. They seem to really like hanging pots. I also grow all my veggies starters in the greenhouse.

Bamboo Shooting Season Here We Grow Again

Bamboo Shooting Season Nears And Here We Grow Again

Bamboo Shooting Season

Bamboo Shooting Season

With the onset of winter comes the building excitement for bamboo shooting season and here we grow again. Within the next couple of months bamboo shooting season will begin. And I can’t wait because I may just see some 2 inch diameter canes. Coming out of my 15-year-old grove of Phyllostachys aureosulcata.  Yellow groove bamboo. I now have 39 different species. And I’m still looking for more. My goal is to have 50 species by the end of 2013.

Bamboo Shooting Season First To Grow

Bamboo shooting is a great site to see. Because at the end of march the bamboo shooting begins. And by the end of June, the new shoots will be over 30 ft. tall. It will be insane to watch it grow that fast. It amazes me every year. The next to shoot will be P. Aureosulcata “Aureocaulis” or the solid yellow version of yellow groove. Same hardiness and same growth habits. Just a little later to shoot and size-up. Next comes the ground cover bamboo shooting there are quite a few of these. Next will be the Pseudosasa Japonica or arrow bamboo. It always looks great. Very tropical looking with its large palm like leaves. Next is the Phyllostachys Nigra or Black bamboo it shoots green shoots that later turn black after about 6 months to a year. I should see some nice canes from these this year. Next will be Phyllostachys Rubromarginata and the Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulis and then comes the Phyllostachys Atrovaginata and Phyllostachys Nuda and then Aurea. The last 2 to shoot are my Phyllostachys Bambusoides”Castillon” and Finally Arundinaria Gigantea. And by this time the gardens have completely changed and closed in just a bit more. A bit more privacy and a lot more beauty. After a nice winter nap it will be time to say here we grow again.

 

Bamboo Containment and Care

Bamboo Containment

Bamboo Containment

Bamboo Containment

This post will teach you the many ways of Bamboo containment and care. There are many ways to contain a running bamboo. You can start by just mowing around your new division. This will keep it semi-contained but if it is allowed to keep running it may  invade an area that you don’t mow. Now if you can mow a large area around the bamboo it can be contained this way. I have a grove of Arundinaria Gigantea that has been growing for many, many years and is completely contained by mowing on one side and forest on the other. However if let go these bamboo thickets or cane breaks can cover very large areas sometimes miles.

Bamboo Containment By Rhizome Pruning

One of the easier ways to contain bamboo is by rhizome pruning. Rhizome pruning is very easy, you just take a flat bladed shovel and push it into the ground. And cut off any rhizomes that surround your bamboo.  It must  be done before the rhizome hardens off. After that it will grow new shoots. Cut rhizomes after the canes(culms) are not actively growing in the fall.  And again in the spring before new growth(shoots) begin. You can also dig a trench around the bamboo. And when the rhizomes grow out into it clip them off. Or the hardest method of bamboo containment of all dig a trench around the bamboo and install a bamboo barrier.

Bamboo Containment Money Making Method

The best method of bamboo containment for me is to dig up the strays and sell them. If you need more information on containing bamboo stop by and we’ll give you step by step instructions and a better understanding on growing and containing bamboo. I now grow 39 different species of bamboo and will have more soon. It is my obsession it is my life and I now cannot live without it. I still contain it but let it run wild for a while so it can mature. For a mature bamboo is a beautiful sight to see. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Thank You for reading.

Privacy Screen Living

 

 

Living Privacy Screen

Privacy Screen Living

Bamboo is a great way to get Privacy Screen Living

Privacy Screen Living is important to enjoying our backyards. Privacy is a great thing to have these days.  Bamboo is a great way to get that privacy. And do what’s good for the environment. Instead of cutting down trees to build a privacy fence. Why not grow your privacy fence? In most areas a wooden privacy fence is restricted to only 6 ft tall. With a living fence there is no height restrictions. And bamboo comes in many sizes and can be pruned to keep at a certain height. Plus it looks much better. You don’t have to paint it or stain it. And Bamboo will hold its leaves in the winter months. And still look beautiful. Just be sure to get bamboo that is hardy to your area. Some bamboos will grow fine here. But need to be protected in the winter. And others need no protection at all.

Bamboo Hardiness

Privacy Screen Living

Privacy Screen Living

In my opinion a bamboo gains it true hardiness once established. And by that I mean many, many canes around it for protection. Bamboo really starts to spread in its 3rd and 4th years. Depending on what you started with. Simple rhizome pruning will control spread. Along with regular mowing. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. Do your part and the bamboo will make you very happy.  Phyllostachys Aureosulcata makes an excellent living privacy screen. It can grow to 35 ft tall in my zone 6. And 2+ inches in diameter. It amazes me every day. There are many other phyllostachys that will make a great privacy screen. Too many to name. But I’ll give you a few. There’s Nuda, Bissettii, Rubromarginata, Aurea, Atrovaginata,  Nigra, Aureosulcata Aureocaulis and Spectabilis.

Eco Living

With plenty of maintenance, water and fertilizer. You too, can enjoy this plant for many years to come. And do your part to wipeout your carbon footprint. I just read the other day that if the whole world planted bamboo. That we could reverse the effects of global warming in just 6 short years. Now that’s incredible! Thank you for reading.

Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo is Doing Great

 

 Beautiful Tropical Look Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo

 

Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo is doing great. But should only grow to about 14 ft tall in my area. My Pseudosasa Japonica is pushing 7 ft tall and doing a lot better than I ever expected and looks great. I grow it next to the creek. It’s very drought tolerant. Especially considering its very large leaves. It gives the garden a tropical look that I really enjoy. When I first started growing bamboo I only wanted the very large species. But as the bamboo gardens mature I’m happy with all of the bamboo I have now. From ground covers to giants they all coincide. Pseudosasa Japonica is a favorite of mine. Most of the ground covers have a unique quality to them. Whether its’ variegated leaves or the pattern of the leaves. They are all wonderful.

Pseudosasa Japonica Keep an Open Mind

I’ve come to learn that it’s not the size of the bamboo. It’s the magnificent plant itself. Bamboo grows different from any other plant I’ve grown. Everyday I learn more and more from them. Pseudosasa Japonica surprises me everyday. So don’t do like I did and discount the small bamboos. Because they make the garden what it is today. And I’m very proud of it. With the addition of two new bamboo in the past couple of weeks, the count is climbing. And I couldn’t be happier. I was lucky enough to come across someone selling Phyllostachys Nigra. I worked out a great deal that got me some nice divisions. And the promise to get more on my next visit. I also picked up another bamboo. That I haven’t identified yet. It’s  hardy running bamboo with variegated leaves. Which is not at all common to this area. So I’m very pleased with it. Although it looks quite rough right now. In time it will be awesome just like it’s mother. I went expecting to see common varieties of bamboo. I was very surprised that she had two very uncommon bamboo. And she didn’t even have the most common variety. Crazy how people don’t even know what they have. If you’d like to grow this great plant. We have Pseudosasa Japonica for sale at reasonable prices. Just check out the secure paypal buttons on my home page.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata or Red Margin Bamboo

 

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is one of my favorites

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is one of my favourites. And in my opinion is  a very underrated bamboo. It’s supposed to be hardy to -5 degrees F. But in my honest opinion I believe it’s much hardier than that. It can take the cold winter winds better than some of my hardier bamboo.  And it produces many more canes each year than any of my other species. It sizes up quickly and is full looking.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata Privacy Screening

Great for screening and can be planted in wetter sites than most. The leaves are big and cover a lot of area. Plus many phyllostachys abort a lot of their new shoots but not Rubromarginata. 90% of the shoots it sends up continue to grow and form a very thick grove. It grows to 55 ft tall and 2 3/4 inches in diameter. I can’t wait to see that. The shoots have an awesome colouring with red margins around the edges of the culm sheaths. Fast growing and just beautiful. This bamboo has everything I like in a bamboo plant. It absolutely is one of my favourites.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata Fast Spreader

It’s rhizomes spread fast, far and wide. Exactly what I like about many bamboo. I’m quickly seeing that this grove is going to be my biggest grove like it or not. The only thing I don’t like about this plant is that. It is a late shooting bamboo and it always seems like it’s never  going to shoot. And then out of the blue here it comes. It’s coming hard and fast. And before you know it the grove has doubled in 3 months. It’s so incredible to see. And the canes or culms are beautiful. Bright green shiny and smooth. They grow very tall. The smaller canes have the branches very close to the ground making this a great bamboo for a privacy screen. This species is great for taking divisions. It doesn’t seem to suffer as much transplant shock as many other bamboo do. I highly recommend this species if you have plenty of room to grow and maintain this special bamboo.

Rain It does a Bamboo Good

 

Rain it does a Bamboo Good

Rain It does a Bamboo Good

Rain

Rain is one of the essentials for a grove of Bamboo. As we all know no one has the money to go out and water our groves on a regular basis. So nature takes care of that for us. We were in a drought being about 6 inches behind in the rain. Well in the past few days we have seen a deluge of rain showers just pouring rain. In one hour we received about 3 inches of rain, while most of that probably ran off. It did wet the ground so that it could soak up more the next few days. And we got hit hard about 4 more times. This is perfect for my Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove bamboo. And many others that I could not get to. Like Arundinaria gigantea or River cane and my Phyllostachys Bissettii and Nuda. Also the Phyllostachys Nigra that I have been babying for 3 years now.

There’s Nothing Like a Good Rain Shower

Just watering is not the same as a good long rain. Just by watering the ground is so dry that it sucks up all of the water from around the plant, while a good long rain will wet the whole ground around the plant and the plant will benefit more from the rain. I don’t like to water with the hose because the chemicals in the water. I like to use the water from the rain barrels for one its cheaper and two it’s organic.

Ohio Valley Weather

For as we all know if you don’t like the weather in Cincinnati, just wait 15 minutes and it will change.  I actually live in Alexandria, KY  but most of my groves are in the Cincinnati Area. I am shocked at the number of people who grow bamboo in the Cincinnati area. Bamboo does well in many areas of the country, but does especially well in our zone 6. I’ve seen canes pushing 3-4 inches at the Cincinnati zoo. It’s just incredible and I can’t wait to see these in my own yard and gardens.

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Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Yellow Groove
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Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove


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Phyllostachys Rubromarginata
Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

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Phyllostachys Aureocaulis
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