Daphne Lewis, Carol Miles
Farming Bamboo describes how to grow bamboo as a farm crop for shoots and poles in the warm temperate zones of the United States. The second half of the book is an encyclopedia of the larger Phyllostachys bamboos that are suitable for producing a sellable crop. Use the encyclopedia to determine which bamboos to plant on your farm or plantation. Chapters cover topics such as the botany of bamboo, selecting a site, how to source plants, how to design the planting area, soil and nutrition, irrigation, pests, control of rhizomes, harvesting shoots, harvesting poles, livestock fodder, marketing shoots and using shoots. Daphne Lewis had been a bambusero for 30 years. Dr. Carol Miles is a crop scientist working for Washington State University.