6 Reasons Every Homestead Needs Bamboo

| 6/10/2019 8:00:00 AM

Kacey BradleyAre you interested in growing bamboo? While you might be wary due to tales of the plant’s tendency to take over, bamboo has many practical uses, making it essential for any homestead. Even better, it’s incredibly durable, able to grow in almost anywhere climate around the world and stays green all year.


Take advantage of everything bamboo has to offer with the six homestead uses below.

1. Feed Your Animals

Just like humans, animals need essential vitamins and nutrients to survive. These nutrients — including proteins, carbohydrates, fats and more — are vital to healthy growth and a high-quality product, such as milk or eggs. Research has found the protein of bamboo leaves averaged nearly 13%, with a slight variation across species, making them a great forage option for your homestead livestock. Cut down a handful of bamboo poles each day to provide animals like goats, sheep and cows a constant source of healthy vegetation.

2. Feed Your Family

Bamboo isn’t just for the cows. You can peel and cook fresh bamboo shoots to make a tasty side dish for your next dinner. After cutting down enough bamboo, you will boil the pieces in rice bran, which removes the hydrocyanic acid in fresh bamboo. After, you can peel the pieces, revealing a tender interior like a raw potato or apple. Once peeled, you can keep raw bamboo shoots refrigerated in water for up to a week.

3. Use in Construction

For centuries, people across the world have used bamboo to build houses, construct roads and craft other long-lasting projects. Bamboo is lightweight, meaning you don’t need heavy tools or machinery to transport it. And it's formidable, able to endure wear similar to wood, plastic, metal and other construction materials. Start with a small project, like creating a lattice for your garden or replacing plywood. Then try something more complex, like a tiki hut or a palapa.

7/2/2019 8:43:30 AM

I have been told Bamboo is not hardy in Northeast Nebraska? If you feel it is which one would I grow. Thanks!

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