Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Big Bamboo

Photobucket 2 sizes of Moso bamboo leaning against a phone pole for comparison The small stick in the middle is native TN bamboo

A friend stopped by to show me some examples of Anderson, SC Moso bamboo that he had cut there on March 4. The old Silverbrook Cemetery lets people come in periodically to thin out the bamboo as it is intrusive and actually threatens to take over the cemetery.

At 2 to 5 1/2 inches in diameter and 10 to 12 feet long, he was able to get around 100 pieces in the bed of his truck but it was overloaded and he never got over 45 mph on the trip home.

It's valuable if you can find a buyer. So far no one wants the entire load so he may end up making some things out of it and selling some to craft people.
This grove of Moso bamboo is in Anderson, SC. at the old Silveroak cemetary.


Bamboo and industrial hemp appear to be much needed crops for the 21st century.
Politics, money and greed keep one of them from being utilized.

Jack Herer has a fun way to learn about hemp in "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"

Bamboo is the world's fastest growing plant and some species of bamboo can grow up to a foot a day in the right conditions.

Bamboo Grove has some good information.

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