Category Archives: Farming bamboo

Managing Moso Shoots

This is the moso grove belonging to Georgia Bamboo in Bonaire, Georgia USA. The photo was taken on April 4, 2014. Notice the many shoots poking out of the ground. Notice how far apart the culms are. The grove was … Continue reading

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Bamboo as Forage

We have found that herbivores like bamboo. We think that because bamboo is evergreen, it is a useful adjunct to pasture grass and hay. Bamboo is good in winter when the grass is dormant and in droughts when the grass … Continue reading

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Bamboo is great Forage

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Compost Tea

I bought Erath Earth Compost Tea over the Internet. It lists the ingredients as liquid compost, liquid humate, orange oil and molasses. I mixed up two gallons at a time and sprayed one gallon on each of my research plots. … Continue reading

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Selling poles at SE Chapter Meeting

The SE Chapter had its annual Bamboo Festival on July 9 and 10, 2011, at the Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina. I brought 69 poles to sell cut into 6′, 8′ and 10′ lengths. I also brought a pile of scrap poles to … Continue reading

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Irrigation is essential

In March 2011 Tobaris Holmes planted 300 moso bamboo on his family farm in Unadilla GA. He then went overseas on military duty. Georgia usually gets an inch of rain a week. We counted on that rain to grow the … Continue reading

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Thin the Praecox for poles

I now am beginning to thin the groves for poles. In Fort Valley I set the sprinklers in Robert Young, Vivax aureocaulis, and henon. I then began thinning the 1000 square foot research plot of Phyllostachys praecox while the sprinklers … Continue reading

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Introduction

My mission is to add bamboo to American Agriculture. I moved from Seattle, Washington USA in October 2010 to Perry, Georgia USA. I moved to Georgia because Robby Russell and Mike Hotchkiss of Georgia Bamboo, a wholesale bamboo nursery, invited … Continue reading

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Bamboo Farming

I post observations on bamboo as a farm crop as I work in the groves and create data to share. My web site www.bamboofarmingusa.com has data from research at WSU in Puyallup and data from my work in Georgia in … Continue reading

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