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More on harvesting and storing bamboo

It’s now a month since I cut a selection of bamboo. The process was described in the World Bamboo Day post. The culms were all left upright in their respective groves, propped up off the ground by various means. harvestingpostSome had stones under them, others were held off the ground with bricks or blocks. Some sat quite neatly over, or in, the stump of a freshly cut neighbouring stem of bamboo. After a month of transpiration, this week I removed the cut bamboo from one grove.

After a month, the leaves are dry and crisp and brown. harvestingtranspThe top sections of each culm, where the branches start, are changing colour to yellows and browns. Below the branches, the colour on the lower parts looks to be pretty much the same as when they were cut. Unsurprising, given that this is where most of the  moisture is stored. I cut each stem just above the lowest branch and discarded the upper section with all the branches.

This sudden influx of bamboo culms has created an urgent need to get creative with storage solutions. The bamboo needs to be out of the weather, in a covered area, and off the ground. My storage solution?

Hang them from the rafters

Storing culmsI’m very fond of simple, practical solutions to any challenge or problem. To create an additional area to cure and store the freshly cut, slim and light bamboo culms I used some silver rope and short lengths of bamboo. Like a series of swings or trapezes. This system will be easily expandable.storage culms

World Bamboo Day, 18 September

wbd_logo_onecolor_alt_thumbWorld Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. In the week leading up to World Bamboo Day I’ve been harvesting bamboo inside the very large stands of one of the smaller kinds of bamboo here.

Inside

Inside

It’s very pleasant inside the bamboo. The light and breeze is gently filtered through the leaves. It is quiet and peaceful.

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