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Bamboo Basics: Running vs Clumping

Bamboo Basics: Running vs Clumping

The realm of bamboo is vast and varied. With more than 1,400 species to keep track of, it can take some serious time and energy to wrap your head around it. You don't need to become an expert before your plant your first bamboo in the ground, but there are some basic...

6 Ways to make money growing bamboo

6 Ways to make money growing bamboo

If you're not sure whether the popularity of farming bamboo in America is on the rise, just take a look at my email inbox. Better yet, take my word for it. Nearly every day I hear from farmers and aspiring agrarians across the country who are thinking about replacing...

Black Bamboo: Phyllostachys nigra and others

Black Bamboo: Phyllostachys nigra and others

Black bamboo remains one of the most popular varieties of bamboo. And it comes as no surprise. Black is beautiful, after all. But the world of bamboo is vast and mysterious. This subfamily of grasses includes something like 1,500 or more species and cultivars...

On a mission to promote the wise and prudent cultivation of bamboo by providing gardeners, farmers and policymakers with useful and accurate information about this miraculously sustainable plant.

Bamboo & beyond

Bambu Batu is the brainchild of Fred Hornaday, author and eco-entrepreneur. Since its inception in 2006, Bambu Batu has been dedicated to promoting bamboo for all its amazing uses. Whether you’re using bamboo to spruce up your garden or to build a zen temple, this remarkable plant has enormous ecological and economical potential. Peruse the hundreds of articles on the website, and discover for yourself the fascinating world of bamboo.

Bamboo & beyond

Bambu Batu is the brainchild of Fred Hornaday, author and eco-entrepreneur. Since its inception in 2006, Bambu Batu has been dedicated to promoting bamboo for all its amazing uses. Whether you’re using bamboo to spruce up your garden or to build a zen temple, this remarkable plant has enormous ecological and economical potential. Peruse the hundreds of articles on the website, and discover for yourself the fascinating world of bamboo.

our retail store

From 2006 until 2020, Bambu Batu provided a magical space in San Luis Obispo, offering an unsurpassed selection of bamboo and natural fiber clothing, as well as bamboo furniture and kitchenwares, and an eclectic array of spiritual items.

Today, our family has adopted the life of Digital Nomadism. But our website continues to bring you a wealth of articles about all things bamboo, including environmental insights, horticultural pointers and a slew of fun facts.

Bamboo clothing at Bambu Batu
Bamboo clothing at Bambu Batu

our retail store

From 2006 until 2020, Bambu Batu provided a magical space in San Luis Obispo, offering an unsurpassed selection of bamboo and natural fiber clothing, as well as bamboo furniture and kitchenwares, and an eclectic array of spiritual items.

Today, our family has adopted the life of Digital Nomadism. But our website continues to bring you a wealth of articles about all things bamboo, including environmental insights, horticultural pointers and a slew of fun facts.

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO

For thousands of years, people have been using and cultivating bamboo for food, construction, crafts and textiles. It grows faster than anything, produces more oxygen than trees, has a greater tensile strength than steel, and can be made into a fabric softer than pima cotton. At this challenging moment of climate crisis, bamboo is probably the earth’s most promising natural resource.

 

Best bamboo for poles

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO

For thousands of years, people have been using and cultivating bamboo for food, construction, crafts and textiles. It grows faster than anything, produces more oxygen than trees, has a greater tensile strength than steel, and can be made into a fabric softer than pima cotton. At this challenging moment of climate crisis, bamboo is probably the earth’s most promising natural resource.

 

Best bamboo for poles

Did you know that bamboo comprises a subfamily of grasses with more than 1,200 species, native to every continent but Europe and Antartica?

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Growing Bamboo in Pennsylvania and New England

Growing Bamboo in Pennsylvania and New England

Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, land of Liberty, home of the Patriots, and birthplace of the American experiment we call Democracy. The region is steeped in Colonial history, but one of the last places we would associate with bamboo. Even so, bamboo can...

Mulching your bamboo

Mulching your bamboo

After everything bamboo has done for us, it's only natural that you might want to do something for your bamboo in return. Besides watering it and giving it an occasional pruning, there's probably nothing the bamboo appreciates more than a good mulching. Bamboo...

Square Bamboo: Chimonobambusa quadrangularis

Square Bamboo: Chimonobambusa quadrangularis

Bamboo has an amazing variety of uses. From nutritious bamboo leaf tea to high octane bioethanol to ultra-durable building material, there's almost nothing bamboo can't do. And with around 1,500 distinct species, bamboo also comes in an enormous variety of shapes,...

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