Bamboo has been called the most useful plant in the world. It can be fashioned into shelter, tools, and musical instruments, and is an important food source for millions of people. Itís the largest of the grasses, yet is stronger by weight than steel. Bamboo grows very fast and can thrive in diverse climates, including the American Southwest. Poles can be harvested from established groves in three to five years. "Bamboo Basics" will dispel common myths as well as cover identifying bamboos that will thrive in the West and how to grow and maintain bamboo in a dryland climate.
Pete Fust grew up on a North Dakota farm, has a degree in horticulture, and worked designing and creating landscapes in Seattle and California. He currently practices permaculture and natural building in Kingston, NM.