I'm looking for a fellow permaculturist in North America who grows bamboo and would like to sell cut lengths to me. I can pay in cash, check, trade, or something else; I don't do PayPal. I want to make beneficial bug houses starting immediately (learned my lesson last unprepared spring -- no time left for building any structures once the ground thaws). Bees in particular like the hollow spaces that bamboo provides. I'm too far north to grow it, no local stores or vendors sell raw bamboo, and most of it comes from China, which I avoid if I can. I really would not like to buy bamboo in a store as intended for crafts; I'd rather do person-to-person. No idea for a price or quantity (a bushel to start?), but I'd be happy to talk to you about it. I'm daydreaming about this set up I found on Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Beneficial-Bug-Houses/
Also, since I've lit upon this bamboo idea that I can't satisfy in my own garden ... does anyone know of any fiber or lumber crops that grow rigid, hollow stems and / or branches? Elderberry has been floated as a candidate, but I'm apparently blind to them in my foraging. Many bees are solitary and come in a range of sizes, so an ideal size range would be .25" to .50", with 5/16" as a good middle.
posted 8 years ago
After reading this post on mason bees, I can also rule out growing teasel where I live because it is considered invasive. However, if you have cut teasel stems, I suppose I'll take those too -- but no seeds, please!
some bamboo can grow as far north as canada, some grow in -20F or less even...where are you? i'd check gardenweb and craigslist garden forum etc first to see if there is a nearby grove you can harvest from.
I'm in zone 4, western Wisconsin, more southerly than the Twin Cities in Minnesota, so we can expect temps as low as -30degF. I had looked into bamboo a couple years ago, but I wasn't convinced it would be the best outdoor crop for me, trying to find wiggle room between cold hardiness limiting viability and aggressive invasiveness. But I did find a couple varieties (more rhizomatic than clumping, I understand) that do seem to fit the bill here -- Phyllostachys nuda and Phyllostachys bisettii. Each have some track record for zone 4, and seem like a gamble I'd be willing to take. Thanks for helping me look deeper into this, the bees will thank you
Please, anyone else who wants to recommend hollow-stemmed or -branched or -rooted plants that would suitable for bee homes, let 'em rip.
Location: long island, ny Z-7a
posted 8 years ago
sure thing,. Nuda is Beautiful! (that doesnt sound right, or does it ) friends that grow say they have no problem with it, they either have rizome barier,water barrier,or just mow/kick over new shoots where its not wanted.the culms are SO useful for so many things. i wonder if sunchoke stalks would work? seems like they might?
i remember seeing a video on youtube of someone making mason bee habitat by drilling a bunch of holes into blocks of 4x4 fir. i think doing that more rustically would look great. like into twisty branches etc.
i am also in USDA zone 4
im not growing it yet but plan to plant bamboo eventually, from my understanding the most cold hardy bamboo will make it to -20F but in colder weather the stalks will die back and the rhizomes will live on to re-grow next spring, leaving you with lots of stalks to harvest for many uses, and a plethora of small culms for culinary use the following spring, in other words bamboo can be a dieback perrenial in a zone 4, particularly if planted in a microclimate where it is protected to some degree
as for stalks to use for trellising, i hear sunchokes or jerusalum artichokes work great for it:)
I have an abundant source of bamboo that is perfect for mason bee. This bamboo has been grown in an area without pesticides or fertilizers. It is not "certified" organic, but it is organic. We will be happy to ship orders at a reasonable price. contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Price depends on bundle size.
Carolyn Haines wrote:I have an abundant source of bamboo that is perfect for mason bee. This bamboo has been grown in an area without pesticides or fertilizers. It is not "certified" organic, but it is organic. We will be happy to ship orders at a reasonable price. contact me at email@example.com. Price depends on bundle size.
Carolyn - welcome to permies. Just so you know the post you replied to is many years old. It is unlikely the original poster is still looking for bamboo now. Also, you might like to edit your post and remove the email address. Publishing your email online is inviting spam messages.
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posted 4 years ago
Carolyn Haines wrote:I have an abundant source of bamboo that is perfect for mason bee. This bamboo has been grown in an area without pesticides or fertilizers. It is not "certified" organic, but it is organic. We will be happy to ship orders at a reasonable price. contact me. Price depends on bundle size.