Bamboo 4 Farming
 
 
 
 
Bamboo farm hose nozzle holderBamboo....Hey Why Not

Tanegashima, Japan is loaded with bamboo, some tall and thick, along with smaller stands of this useful grass. Yup, being on a small island has many advantages, and this is one of them.

After moving to the island, it became evident that most things were much more expensive in this little corner of the world than on mainland Japan thanks to the exorbitant sending fees. Another realization was the need for wood, or at least some type of building materials, for farming and other house projects, like keeping our very active puppies out of the neighbors farms. The choice was spending hundreds of dollars on wood from the over priced building supply store or find an alternative.

With numerous stands of bamboo situated on the perimeter of all three farms, the choice became obvious.

Picture - Bamboo farm hose nozzle holder.
What is Bamboo?

Bamboo sounds like one of the noises when people got hit in the old Batman shows....you know....biff....boffo....bam....bamboo. Maybe even a good word around Halloween when you blow something up and try to scare someone at the same time.

Well actually bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Certain species of bamboo can grow 35 inches or more within a 24-hour period. This means plenty of bamboo to go around for all your projects.

Did you know bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel? Ooh la la, a strong, and more importantly, FREE, building material.

Picture - Bamboo cut and ready to be used in the farms.
How to Prepare Bamboo

Preparing bamboo is pretty much the easiest thing you could ever imagine. Nature was kind enough to design this perfectly, taking away all worries of where to cut, tie, or use. Why is this stuff so easy to use? Because bamboo has little rings called nodes located between the long hollow sections.

When bamboo is cut close to the nodes, the result is a sealed end which keeps soil and insects from getting into the piece, making it resisted to rot and any type of infestation.

Picture - Bamboo pieces cut close to the nodes.
Farming With Bamboo

Okay you found a fantastic stand of bamboo....now what? Easy....begin using this versatile material for almost anything.

I am continuously coming up with ideas for this stuff. Many of my ideas are very simple while others require a bit more thought and work to implement. I decided to post all of them though, thinking some of you might find them useful.

Picture - Support trellis made from an awful lot of bamboo.
Using bamboo in the farm
Dividing farm beds with small pieces of bamboo
Using bamboo to aerate your piles (um compost)
Elevate your hose connection with a piece of bamboo
Use bamboo to keep your hose nozzle out of the dirt
Protect your seedlings from an out of control hose
Using bamboo to make a support trellis for vine veggies
Using bamboo to make a climbing trellis for vine veggies
A convenient bamboo measuring pole
Your friend the tape measure holder
Using bamboo as a seed spacer
Be nice and support your veggies
 
Bamboo yard gate for dogsA Few Extra Projects

Hey bamboo is not only useful in the farms. This wonderful material can also be used for projects around the house.

The only limit is your imagination.

A few of my projects are posted below.

Picture - A bamboo gate for the doggies.
Bamboo preparation cutting above the nodes
Bamboo used for barbecue fuel
Bamboo used to make a blanket hanging pole
Bamboo used to make a dog gate
Bamboo used to make a patio frame
 
 
 
 
 
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