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Updated on August 19, 2014
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An environmental enthusiast and activist her entire adult life, Kathryn shares her secrets to reducing waste and living greener.

Fabulous, versatile, sustainable bamboo

Bamboo is the eco-wonder of the world. It pumps oxygen into the air faster than trees, feeds the hungry, clothes the body, soothes the ear, carries water, digs potatoes, shelters the homeless as well as the privileged, and in case all that is not enough, bamboo is just plain beautiful.

Bamboo garden against red wall
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Here you will find links to some of the best, most informative sites about bamboo, plus surprising uses for this highly versatile plant, (Bamboo bicycle anyone?). Is bamboo safe to eat? How can you tell whether your bamboo product was manufactured under safe conditions? You'll find answers to these questions and more on this page.

Plus, if you're interested in taking advantage of the ecological benefits of this sustainable, renewable resource, look for links to my favorite picks in bamboo clothing, baby gifts, housewares and linens. Welcome!

Bamboo--eco-wonder of the world

What is stronger than hardwood, can grow up to 4 feet a day, and survived the bombing of Hirsohima? That's bamboo.

Bamboo garden, downtown San Francisco
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But that's not all. Bamboo gives us clean air to breathe, consumes carbon dioxide and returns 35 percent more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees.

Wait! There's more! Because of its rapid growth and root structure, it can, in a very short time, reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and over-building and clean the soil of toxins.

Plus, it grows so fast, that it can be harvested sustainably for thousands of products from chop sticks to mansions. What's not to love about bamboo?

 

Bamboo is the sustainable choice in thousands of products - We especially love bamboo clothing and gear for our grandbabies

Take this bamboo baby wrap. I care for my wee granddaughter frequently, as I did her sister, and I've tried several carriers. My favorite--and the baby's--is one similar to this Happy Wrap.

When I say "Want to go for a ride in the wrap?", the baby claps her hands and pulls the strap out, ready to settle in next to me.

Happy Wrap Organic Baby Carrier, Slate
Happy Wrap Organic Baby Carrier, Slate

I've been "wearing" my 9-month old granddaughter in a wrap similar to this one since she was about five months old. We both love it!

The bamboo rayon wicks moisture away from mom (or in my case, Grandma) and baby, keeping us both cool on a hot day, while holding baby securely tucked in.

 

For more baby care clothing and accessories, jump to Bamboo baby on this page. Or keep reading and learn more about this amazing plant.

Bambusa textilis - Image copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved
Bambusa textilis - Image copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved

Bamboo is a grass

Grows nearly everywhere

Like other grasses, it has jointed stems that are mostly hollow, and like many grasses, it is highly adaptable and can naturalize almost anywhere. Native to all continents except Europe and Antarctica, bamboo species grow in a variety of climates from tropical to frigid.

Gilberto Cortes, Regional Director of Bamboo in the Americas, estimates more than 1200 species worldwide, about 450 of them in the Americas. According to him, only one species, Arundinaria gigantea, commonly known as Cane Brake or Cane Reed, is native to the United States.

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Will Cook, a plant ecology researcher at Duke University, identifies not one but three U.S. native bamboo species: Giant cane (A. gigantea), Switch cane (A. tecta), and Hill cane (A. appalachiana).

Gardening with bamboo

Bamboo garden, downtown San Francisco - Copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved
Bamboo garden, downtown San Francisco - Copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved

A gardener's delight

Gardeners love bamboo for its texture, color, gracefulness, and versatility. You can solve dozens of problems with the right bamboo. Use it as a screen to hide an unsightly fence, a backdrop to set off a variegated border, or a sponge to sop up water in a sandy, wet area.

In this downtown San Francisco plaza, 40-foot bamboos screen a brick wall, set the tone for lacy Japanese maples (in pots), cleanse and cool the air, and create an island of calm--one might say sacred space--in the middle of a bustling city.

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A stand of bamboo cools a city plaza on a hot day - Can you believe these tall columns are single stems of a grass plant?

Bamboo cools on a hot day - Image copyright L Kathrn Grace - All rights reserved
Bamboo cools on a hot day - Image copyright L Kathrn Grace - All rights reserved

Bamboo species are as varied as, well, grass. You will find them in every conceivable size and a variety of colors and textures. Some species are as tiny as blades of grass in your yard. Some are called tree bamboo because they grow like trees.

Like many grasses, some bamboos clump and are easily contained. Others grow from rhizomes and will spread.

When you choose a bamboo for your garden, make sure you know which kind you're getting. If you want a bamboo forest in your backyard, the spreading type is your best bet. If you want an isolated stand shading your Japanese water fountain, consider a clumping type.

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Black bamboo - Image copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved
Black bamboo - Image copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved

More gardens and gardener's tips

I'm always searching for new gardening tips and landscaping how-tos utilizing bamboo. In this section, you will find links to beautiful gardens as well as good books like the one below for finding hardy bamboo that winters well in cold climates and suits your particular landscaping needs.

Watch for tools too, both innovative and traditional--some used for thousands of years--as well as beautiful accessories for your garden and patio.

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Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon - BY PAUL WHITTAKER

Think you cannot grow bamboo? There is a hardy bamboo that is right for almost any garden. Remember, some species grow in China on mountainsides covered with winter snows. But you don't have to go to China to learn which plants will work best in your landscape. Author Paul Whittaker has done the work for you. Find the right bamboo for your clime and the best ways to help it thrive in this beautiful book.

Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon
Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon

Hardy bamboos provide grace and texture to northern gardens. They make lovely screens for summer shade while letting through winter light. Paul Whittaker has tested and grown a variety of hardy bamboos. He shows you how to choose the right plant for your site and needs, where to find healthy stock, and how to avoid the pitfalls of invasive species.

 
Bambusa textilus - Copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved
Bambusa textilus - Copyright L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved

Take a virtual tour of the bamboo garden at Foothill College

Los Altos, CA

This graceful two-acre garden began in 1989, with just six black bamboo plants. In 2004, when Foothill College last updated their bamboo garden page the garden had grown to 70 species of bamboo plants. If you are considering planting bamboo in a temperate clime, look here for comprehensive information about growing a wide variety of bamboo plants, from dwarfs to giants, and how they can be used ornamentally as well as functionally.

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Macey loves his shoots - Licking his chops

Macey loves bamboo shoots - Image courtesy Bamboo Headquarters
Macey loves bamboo shoots - Image courtesy Bamboo Headquarters

Thanks to the friendly folks at Bamboo Headquarters for permission to use this image of their dog Macey to kick off our bamboo gardening tools section.

Macey is licking his chops over the tender shoots of Phyllostachys bissetii, a lovely ornamental that is also suitable for pots.

Bamboo HQ ships throughout the United States and carries bamboo plants for every climate zone. They have a nifty Bamboo finder to help you locate just the right bamboo plant for your area and garden.

In case you're wondering, I am not affiliated in any way with Bamboo HQ and receive no compensation or other consideration for mentioning them here.

Stake and rake with bamboo garden tools

Decorate, plant it and plant with it

Highly regenerative, bamboo is the ideal raw material for manufactured goods. Not only is bamboo a beautiful garden feature, it makes superb garden accessories and tools. Many of these implements and decorative features were designed hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ago..

Below are just two ways you can use these time-tested tools in your garden.

 

Gardener using bamboo stakes
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Show off your viney florals with these bamboo trellises - Or stake a cucumber or tomato plant just outside the kitchen

Who know why the manufacturer chose this ugly image to illustrate their trellis, but it is one of the more sturdy and durable trellises I have found on the market today. The bamboo canes are 1/2" in diameter, so you know they'll last. Imagine how your clematis or bougainvilla will stand out, supported here. Or stake your cherry tomatoes outside your kitchen door, grow green beans against a sunny wall, or hide an unsightly neighbor's garage with a bank of old fashioned rose climbers. The possibilities are endless.

Bosmere L565 6-Feet by 4-Feet Expanding Bamboo Trellis for Vining Plants
Bosmere L565 6-Feet by 4-Feet Expanding Bamboo Trellis for Vining Plants

This Bosmere Design bamboo trellis expands and contracts to fit your space and needs. Maximum height: 72"; maximum width: 48"; height and width will vary depending on how the unit is expanded and contracted. Use this sturdy trellis to train a fruit tree espaliered against a sunny wall or run an attractive fence around your garbage and recycling bin area.

 

The trusty bamboo fan rake has been used for centuries - A well-used garden staple

Any tool that has been in productive use for centuries has to have been designed well, don't you think? Take advantage of centuries-old technology when you're scooping up winter debris on a bright spring day, and then again, grabbing flighty leaves on a blustery fall afternoon.

Flexrake CFP30 30-Inch Bamboo Rake with 48-Inch Wood Handle
Flexrake CFP30 30-Inch Bamboo Rake with 48-Inch Wood Handle

This rake features a generous 30" fan with reinforced bamboo head and 48" handle.

 

Unusual uses for this nearly ubiquitous grass

See the Calfee bamboo bicycle - by YouTube member snarp98

Wait till you get to the end--there's a tandem bamboo bicycle!

 

Bamboo is food

Bamboo shoots - Image courtesy University of Florida
Bamboo shoots - Image courtesy University of Florida

Nourishing millions for thousands of years

Bamboo shoots have been used in cooking in China, Japan and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Try this Pickled bamboo, poached chicken and lobster salad using fresh bamboo shoots. Recipe page includes lovely photographs of the finished dish.

Or try this scrumptious Orange and bamboo salad with fennel dressing.

Want the very freshest? Learn how to grow, harvest and prepare your own bamboo shoots. It's easier than you might think.

 

Bamboo shoots
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Cooking with bamboo utensils - Beautiful gifts for the the cooks in your life

If you haven't held a bamboo cutting board or utensil in your hand, you haven't felt the silky smooth finish. You must! It's a pleasure to work with this material. Below are some of the bamboo tools we enjoy in our kitchen, or that are on our wishlist. Cooking is sweeter with tools crafted of sustainable materials like bamboo. Let me know if you try them, will you?

Pinzon Santoku Knives and Bamboo Cutting Board Set
Pinzon Santoku Knives and Bamboo Cutting Board Set

Two beautiful Japanese santoku knives come with this cutting board, stored in their own special drawer. One of the nicest features of these knives: The little hollows on either side of the blade that create just enough air pocket to let slices fall away. Ever had cucumber slices slow you down when they stick to the edge of the knife? That's what these knives prevent. This set is the one I'd like to own.

 
MIU France Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, 6" x 15"
MIU France Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, 6" x 15"

When our ancient hardrock maple board splintered along its glue lines, we replaced it with one of these handsome bamboo cutting boards. Just the right size for slicing bread, making sandwiches, and trimming veggies. Bamboo is actually harder than maple wood.

 

How to harvest, buy and cook fresh bamboo - Start to finish

Bamboo farmer and expert, Daphne Lewis, has a lovely web site with lots of picture tutorials on growing, harvesting, cleaning and cooking bamboo. Her site includes tips for you and me on picking the freshest shoots at the farmers market, as well as best marketing practices if you are one of the farmers.

You may be especially interested in the following web pages from her site.

How to prepare and cook raw bamboo shoots - Traditional cooking method

Freshly harvested bamboo is said to have far superior flavor to canned bamboo shoots. If you are a foodie or purist, learn how to cook fresh bamboo shoots in this short video.

Bamboo is habitat and food for some of the most beautiful wild animals on the planet

Before you buy a bamboo product - Make sure the bamboo was grown on sustainable plantations

Giant panda eating - a morgueFile free photo
Giant panda eating - a morgueFile free photo

Giant panda eating bamboo
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Sustainable as it is, using bamboo does not mean we are off the hook environmentally. Bamboo is the major food for endangered pandas, bamboo lemurs, and mountain gorillas, whose habitat shrinks daily.

Civilization increasingly encroaches on bamboo forests and plantations. Make sure the bamboo products you purchase are from sustainable plantations that do not destroy habitat or endanger other species.

Save the panda, the lemur and the mountain gorilla! Buy responsibly.

Protect their future: Adopt a panda - Courtesy World Wildlife Fund
Protect their future: Adopt a panda - Courtesy World Wildlife Fund

Adopt a panda through World Wildlife Federation (WWF)

For over four decades the Panda logo has been a recognizable symbol of WWF and its efforts in wildlife and habitat conservation. These shy, lovable creatures are found only in remote areas of the Upper Yangtze forests, where they feed on bamboo shoots. A newborn cub is about the size of a stick of butter, weighs only three to five ounces, and is totally dependent upon its mother for the first few months of life.

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WWF Adopt a Panda

Must have this adorable mother and baby panda poster

Panda Bears (Mother and Cub) Art Poster Print - 24x36 Poster Print, 36x24 Poster Print, 36x24
Panda Bears (Mother and Cub) Art Poster Print - 24x36 Poster Print, 36x24 Poster Print, 36x24

Let this evocative image of a mother gently nuzzling her baby panda set the tone in your child's playroom, nursery or your classroom. Perfect companion to the adopt-a-panda program and the Wild about bamboo panda book.

 

The Panda: Wild About Bamboo

Learn more about pandas and their relationship with the plant that provides their home and their food--beautiful images show better than words can tell.

National Geographic Readers: Level 2 - Pandas
National Geographic Readers: Level 2 - Pandas

This beautifully illustrated National Geographic Reader about Pandas is just right for the child learning to read independently. A wonderful stocking stuffer for those thinking ahead to the holidays.

 

Gorillas rely on bamboo forest habitat as well - Watch a silverback gorilla eating Bamboo

The great gorilla seems to know he is being watched. He turns his back on us, hunkers down and hides the bamboo stalk he is munching.

More fun, useful, intriguing and sometimes downright strange facts and bamboo objects

Bamboo and the 100-year rat famine

Bamboo fruits attract hordes of rats in India

Bamboo plants bloom rarely, and when they do, the entire species usually blooms at the same time and dies, worldwide. Many species bloom just once a century, or less. Some species bloom as frequently as every 48-49 years.

Right now, in India, rats are gobbling up the high protein fruits of vast forests of a bamboo species that blooms every 48 years. The rich diet kicks the rats' reproductive cycle into high gear and they multiply like Tribbles.

Once they've consumed the last of the bamboo fruit, their highly inflated population begins gorging on crops, devouring every living plant in sight. People die of starvation. This is called the rat famine.

Bamboo, which can live to be 120 years old, dies upon flowering. Entire forests can vanish in a season. Thankfully, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Some species can grow up to 4 feet a day, so once the seeds germinate, a new forest crops up pretty fast.

Image courtesy Free Nature Pictures

Bamboo scaffolding - Image courtesy Bamboo Village
Bamboo scaffolding - Image courtesy Bamboo Village

The bamboo high-rise

Building highrises with bamboo scaffolding

If you keep up with trends, you've seen items made of bamboo wherever you shop. You may already own a buttery-almond-colored cutting board. Maybe you own a tee-shirt or a pair of bamboo socks. But did you know that in some countries, engineers use this strong material for the scaffolding when building highrises?

 

Image courtesy Bamboo Village

From high rise scaffolding to doll-house - Bamboo is child's play

Isn't this solar-powered, bamboo dollhouse the perfect toy for teaching your child about ways we can all conserve for the future?

I'm a sucker for doll houses and this one nearly sends me into palpitations. It has a working rooftop solar panel to power the batteries that spark the LED lights! Plus, the floors are made of trendy bamboo, just like the newest homes today. It's on my Amazon wish list--the perfect toy for our granddaughters (no grandsons--yet).

Hape Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse - Fully Furnished
Hape Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse - Fully Furnished

What child doesn't love a dollhouse and its miniatures? This one comes with LED lighting, gorgeous furnishings, and a family to enjoy it all. Spend some quality time with your children and help them to discover the wonders of the amazing bamboo plant family while playing with this beautiful bamboo and birch doll house.

 

One billion people live in real bamboo houses - Bamboo buildings are both durable and functional

Bamboo tree house - a morgueFile free photo
Bamboo tree house - a morgueFile free photo

Bamboo tree house
a morgueFile Free Photo

Bamboo is the home-building material of choice across the banana belt. Bamboo Village Hawaii estimates that a billion people live in bamboo houses today. Take a look at this four-story, nineteenth century building still standing, solid-looking and beautiful. (Second image on that page.)

One reason bamboo is so popular as a building material is that some species are stronger than steel. Another is that bamboo is plentiful, and if managed well, plantations can be grown and harvested repeatedly for many years. Plus, bamboo gives back to the environment by cleaning the air and saving valuable soil from wind and water erosion.

A sixty-foot tree cut for market takes 60 years to replace. A sixty-foot bamboo cut for market takes 59 days to replace.

Bamboo Village Hawaii quoting INBAR

Buy sustainably - Give sustainably all year long

It is easy to find bamboo treasures for the home

Light up your life with the warmth of bamboo. From cutting boards to knitting needles, and lamps to waste baskets, bamboo-made furnishings and tools seem to glow from within. Try them. Give them to your friends and family for birthdays, holidays. Celebrate weddings and housewarmings with them. Bamboo is always a hit. I'll be surprised if you don't come back for more.

Whenever possible, to assure your treasures were made in safe conditions and the workers were compensated fairly, buy organic and Fair Trade.

Imagine your feet on warm, naturally beautiful bamboo - Ditch that warped, cracked chair mat!

Replace it with this gorgeous bamboo mat and enjoy building your Squidoo lenses more than ever.

Anji Mountain AMB24003 Bamboo Roll-Up Chairmat with Lip, Natural, 36 x 48-Inch
Anji Mountain AMB24003 Bamboo Roll-Up Chairmat with Lip, Natural, 36 x 48-Inch

Replace your cracking, worn-out plastic chair mat with this handsome, natural-finish bamboo mat made from sustainably-harvested bamboo. Simply beautiful. That's bamboo.

 

Gifts for the home - Bamboo shades and light fixtures - Brighten their rooms with lights softened under earthy bamboo shades

Nova 11681 Rift Reclining Table Lamp, Bamboo with White Linen Shade
Nova 11681 Rift Reclining Table Lamp, Bamboo with White Linen Shade

Illuminate your living space stylishly with the simple elegance of this bamboo and linen lamp. In addition to the silken light from the shade, a subtle glow flows from the open slats of the bamboo base.

 

Hot sites - Everything you want to know about bamboo

The list of ways we humans use bamboo seem endless. Here are a few of my favorite sites--of thousands out there--that are packed with information on the uses, people and creatures who depend on the "miracle plant."

The short descriptions give you a peek at what you'll get if you click through. I hope you enjoy exploring this amazing plant, its varied, graceful beauty and uses as much as I do.

Bamboo clothing and textiles rock--or do they?

Look for Fair Trade and organic whenever possible.

How green is your bamboo?

WHERE IT'S HARVESTED AND HOW IT'S PROCESSED MATTER

In Digging up bamboo's dark side, Journalist and self-described ecoholic Adria Vasil steps back for a look at questions we all need to ask when we buy bamboo products. Another helpful article, before you buy clothing or bedding made of bamboo fibers, including items on this lens, is Bamboo: Facts behind the fiber.

Don't stop there, though. Dip deeper into the pros and cons of using bamboo fibers with this hip article from trendy Little Green Rock. Surfers-come-entrepreneurs, they're purveyors of bamboo tees, togs and other beach duds, but that's not all. They make skateboards of bamboo, too.

The use of bamboo textiles is growing, and there is much to learn. If you have information about these important issues, please leave a comment below or use the contact button at the top of this page.

Bamboo baby - Cuddly bamboo gifties for your wee one

Bamboo textiles are naturally antimicrobial and their unique cellular construction wicks moisture away from your baby's skin

DreamSacks BambooDreams Baby Long Sleeve Tee
DreamSacks BambooDreams Baby Long Sleeve Tee

Dreamsacks BambooDreams Baby long sleeve tee is pesticide free and made from a sustainable and renewable resource. Keep your child stylish and comfy. Match the baby shirt with the baby pants.

 
Midori 3 Piece Organic Basic Gift Set, Espresso
Midori 3 Piece Organic Basic Gift Set, Espresso

This Basic Midori Bamboo Gift Set is an affordable luxury that every newborn baby needs. This 3 piece gift set includes, a screenprint bodysuit sized -3 months, and a warm cozy cap that can be worn up to 6 month, and a terry bib. These items are made of a perfect blend of rayon from bamboo and organic cotton interlock. This gift set is packaged in our signature round re-usable bamboo box.

 
Baby Swaddling Blanket by Beba Bean, Pink
Baby Swaddling Blanket by Beba Bean, Pink

100% bamboo, No pesticides, Wicks moisture away from baby, Eco Friendly, UV protection, Antibacterial

 
Bummis Stretch Bamboozle Fitted Diaper (Single, Size 2)
Bummis Stretch Bamboozle Fitted Diaper (Single, Size 2)

A fitted diaper consisting of 4 layers of bamboo fabric that is fantastically soft and beautiful! You will fall in love with this gorgeous, silky fabric - it truly is irresistible! Bamboo is a miraculous and eco-friendly fibre. It is a renewable resource with a very short growth cycle and it is grown without fertilizers or pesticides. In short it is the perfect environmental choice for diapers!

Price: $18.99

 

Arbor Apparel Talks Bamboo, Eco Fashion, and New Line: LNTV

Arbor Apparel of Venice Beach, California, uses bamboo in its snow boards and in its beach fashions. Take a look.

The spotlight is on you. What do you like about bamboo and how do you use it? What is your favorite bamboo tool?

Do you bamboo?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TerriCarr: Yes, I never cease to be amazed at the things we can do with bamboo, and the fact it can be grown and harvested sustainably, with few chemical fertilizers or pesticides makes it all the more so.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I love bamboo. I can't think of anything besides a bamboo vegetable steamer...which didn't come along on my last multi-state move. But I am astonished to learn how sustainable it is. I've seen bamboo socks (men's). I guess almost anything can be made with it. It is indeed a miracle plant.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @MarleMac: Thank you so much! I do love those simple bamboo fountains. Soothing and healing. Good luck finding a source of bamboo.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      This is a GREAT lens! Love bamboo. Had a water fountain made from one in our Healing Centre. It was wonderful! Also used some as containers for my own candles. Would like to use it more...a friend has a stand of bamboo on his farm, maybe I can twist his arm to give me some again...

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @jmchaconne: Oh yes, I can see how bamboo would be a lovely texture and color addition in your landscape with those beautiful shrubs and trees. I'm going to check out your Wildwood Farm lens now.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      Hello Grace, thanks for stopping by! I found this lens and Love it. I've just constructed a water fall, with limited space, and bamboo will fit the Japanese garden motif I'm looking for, I thought trees were out of the question because of root's evading the parking lot and walk, but I learned about Japanese Dwarf trees. I wrote a lens about it called Wildwood Farm. I got a gorgeous Maple called 'Fireglow' and a weeping flowering cherry called 'Snow Fountain. Thanks for the idea the bamboo will fit nicely!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to view and read it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Being Japanese, I know how many things bamboo can be used for. It's used for so many things here. Bamboo chopsticks, fans, screen doors, floors, etc. Bamboo is strong and beautiful.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This really is an outstanding guide to Bamboo. Obviously, a lot of very hard work went into this lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: Yes it is. It has a warmth that seems always to bring a smile when we see it or touch it, don't you think?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TanoCalvenoa: Oh, thank you so much! Made my day.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      What an incredible guide to bamboo! I'll have to show my wife, who loves bamboo and has grown it at home.

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      rattie lm 3 years ago

      I'm wondering if you'd like some of my neighbour's bamboo which manages to thrive in my garden despite my efforts to discontinue its life with boiling water! It simply sulks for a while and sneaks up a few months later in another part of my garden, even travelling under our shed - grr!

      But seriously, I think bamboo is the answer to a prayer. Easy to grow, environmentally friendly, and wonderfully adaptable who could not give it a go?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @HSP Connections: Thank you so much! Like you, I love bamboo clothing--how soft it is, as well as the wicking properties, which not all rayons (bamboo clothing is usually rayon) possess.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      I love bamboo products-- I have bamboo flooring in my office; we have bamboo bowls and cutting boards in the kitchen; of course we use bamboo as stakes in the garden. What I like most, though, is the clothing and textiles-- I have a few bamboo shirts and they are the softest thing EVER! And my wife found bamboo sheets online... and even though they were VERY expensive, we bought a pair... and we like them better than the premium Egyptian cotton sets we had. Very cool lens!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @PinkstonePictures: Oh, thank you so much for sharing those "snapshots" of the bamboo growing alongside your home. Lovely images. And thank you for visiting this page.

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      What a pleasure to read, thank you. We're very lucky to have bamboo growing at the side of our apartment. I love the swish noise it makes in the wind and if it rains, it bows down then springs back up. We also have a small bamboo in the house. Love Bamboo :-)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Frischy: I recommend the Bamboo Finder link I posted with the photograph of Macy, the bamboo-loving dog. I realize that link is a little buried. I'll give it more prominence right away.

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      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I never realized there were bamboo plants that would not spread and take over. I would love to grow some in strategic spots. It would solve a lot of problems! Where can I buy bamboo plants?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @kmhrsn: Thank you. All is not lost. Above, I included a link to a bamboo finder, where you can find just the right bamboo for your needs, soil and climate. Clumping bamboos are much more containable, and there is likely one that is just right for your garden.

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      I love bamboo. I'm a little afraid of it taking over my landscape though. But it is such a graceful plant. I loved this article. So well written, informative, and lovely.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Elyn MacInnis: So sorry you lost your bamboo stand. Should you decide to grow another patch, it's quite easy to start, and you may not need a lot of plants. You might try the link to the bamboo finder I provided on this page. it can help you find a variety that will work in your climate and garden.

      I would love to see some of your art using bamboo as a subject. Have you published a lens about it? Or another web page perhaps?

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @stick-man lm: Yup, bamboo is a grass.

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      It's a grass!? I always thought it was a type of tree!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      we have lots of bamboo in China, and it is used for many many things. My favorite use for bamboo is seeing it used for building scaffolding. Astounding. But as an artist, there is nothing lovelier than bamboo as a subject. we had some relatively hardy non- running clumping bamboo that grew for ten years in the garden but it died in a very cold winter a few years ago. Sigh.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Ruthi: Ah, yes many varieties do. Think pandas and bamboo forests in China's mountains.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Very constructive lens and I love Bamboo! Thanks!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Bamboo is certainly natural beauty and functional in so many ways, as you have shown here in this article. I have friends in central Ohio (USA) who have a mini forest of bamboo in their back yard, Before meeting them I had no idea it would grow in cold climates.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      very informational

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You're welcome. So glad you found the page!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I love the sound of bamboo and have the room to grow it. If I an just find some I'll give it a go. Thank you - and no, I had NO idea of its versatility!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Cari Kay 11: What a lovely comment! Thank you so much!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I absolutely love bamboo and cannot believe how much you have put into this page. Very nicely done. Blessed!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      We have a lot of bamboo plants and eat the bamboo shoots.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @VeronicaHaynes: It is uncommon to receive such a thoughtful response, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I especially appreciate your personal experience in Taiwan. Nothing illustrates the problems with buying responsibly like the on-the-ground knowledge you possess.

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      VeronicaHaynes 4 years ago

      Bamboo socks are some of the nicest I've ever had. Bamboo is also delicious. While in Taiwan, they used bamboo shoots for many of my favorite dishes. It's an incredibly versatile plant, but as you mentioned, its popularity can also lead to land being used irresponsibly and endangering the habitat and wildlife that depend on bamboo as a life source. The other issue is how bamboo can take over entire ecosystems, by growers who don't follow good practices. Some Taiwanese mountain farmers I met were not so keen about the mass spread of bamboo in their mountains, transforming the ecosystem that had been there for hundreds of years. Making sure bamboo products come from responsible sources is not always easy to do, but well worth it. I really appreciate your lens, a good overview.

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      dessertlover 4 years ago

      Neat lens! I learned a ton here!

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      kburns421 lm 4 years ago

      I didn't bamboo was so great! I always thought it was pretty, as a plant or as cookware, but I didn't know it had other uses and that it created more oxygen than other trees. Very interesting.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Rosaquid: You're welcome. Fabrics made of bamboo fibers do feel wonderful on the skin, I agree.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      My favorite sheets are bamboo. I love their softness and the idea that I am sleeping in an antimicrobial environment. Thanks for the great lens!

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Bamboo has a lot of uses. I love crafts and furniture made of bamboo.

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      MrMojo01 4 years ago

      Informative lens, I learned a lot!

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Love Bamboo! Nice lens! God bless.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @MarcStorm LM: You're welcome, and thanks for the kudos!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      I Love Bamboo! Great article showcasing the wonder & the uses! Thanks for that! Best Wishes!

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      EnjoyLens 4 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done. Thumbs up

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      Millionairemomma 4 years ago

      Don't you love bamboo floors? I love walking on them with my bare feet. What a lovely lens about bamboo.

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      TopFiveBestDeals 4 years ago

      Bamboo socks were my first encounter -- amazing! Great lens...

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      maraga 4 years ago

      very nice

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      Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      Bamboo is an amazing plant. We have bamboo floors in our house.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      Love bamboo, its beautiful, the sheen, the knots, the grace and the way it can sway when growing.

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      CorkFlooringTips 4 years ago

      I love bamboo a lot more people should be using it.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I do! and I love it. The first time I got a bamboo sweater I thought it was cashmere. Now I look for bamboo in everything.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I want to grow bamboo in my yard,to shade the west side of my house.but I know i must find the clumping kind or my yard will be a bamboo forest I do not wont that.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I grew up on a small farm and we had some bamboo planted. It was pretty amazing and very beautiful.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like bamboo a lot, and like to take photos of it every time I get the chance. I live in China, so I get to see a lot of bamboo. It is considered the plant of scholars here, since it is straight, and has a very strong character.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes, I like bamboo. We have sheets made out of bamboo fibers, which are very soft, dry, and comfortable.

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      missyjanette 5 years ago

      nice!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to enjoy this once more. My previous blessing wasn't showing up, so I'm here to renew it. Bamboo has to be the most versatile grass ever to grow on this planet. I even saw a plan yesterday for using bamboo to build a geodesic greenhouse. Wouldn't that be something? Thanks once again for expanding awareness about the phenomenon known as bamboo. I would love to build a home that is primarily constructed with bamboo. Perhaps I will!

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      simon1234bunny 5 years ago

      great idea keep it up!

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      I love using bamboo as a screen to hide the old fence. Thanks for the advices.Great lense

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      InnovativeToys 5 years ago

      I especially love all the new bamboo items for the kitchen, including the textiles made from bamboo. Thanks for this great lens!

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      I didn't know that bamboo could be used for clothing! Great lens!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Love, love, love the look of bamboo. And now I have bamboo towels and a bamboo robe. They are the softest, most luxuriant...... I didn't know bamboo was easy to grow and that it was found in all climates. I'm going to look into it and see if we can grow it in Northern California. Thanks for the great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great job on your lens!

      It`s realy intresting and so much fun to read it :) thnx

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Wow! One always learns something cool on Squidoo. I never knew bamboo could be used as scaffolding! The trellis looks pretty neat, too.

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      Man, you really worked hard on this lens and did a great job. I am humbled.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Nice lens! when we lived in California we had Heavenly Bamboo for landscaping...my husbands family brought bamboo from Hawaii many years ago and it grew into a forest in their backyards, very invasive...I'm glad that they use bamboo for many things now.

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      Light-Life-Energy 5 years ago

      after years of being away from this hobby, I've started clearing our 'back 40' and intend to make a combo garden - fruits, veges, flowers, meditation & bamboo. thanks for all the tips!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens... with gr8 info

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      We grow bamboo in my country. There are lots of produce we can make out of it, usually export it to other countries. This has been a great lens!

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      I love bamboo in a garden - instant privacy and view control, plus that lovely wind-chime-like sound.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      I love that Bamboo is so sustainable! We have been saving up for bamboo flooring for a while now... almost there! I hadn't thought about trying to grow my own as well, but I really think I should. Thank you so much, this was great!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I have to confess, I learn a lot from this lens.

      Thanks

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      bechand 5 years ago

      you have so many great holistic hobbies and interests.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      @ecogranny: Sorry that it took me so long to return. Our landlord said that we can use as much as we want, so I built a garden out of it which I documented in my "No dig garden" lens. We have also given away some to friends who have used it for fencing their garden to keep their chooks out. Bamboo is so awesome, it grows so fast and new shoots keep popping up all the time.

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      seanjennin 5 years ago

      great lense, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      amazing what you can use bamboo for, thank you for the bamboo 101 lesson, I'll share this with others, see you around!

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      dolphinstar lm 5 years ago

      I am growing some bamboo so I might look into eating some

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      We have several bamboo plants in our garden and we also have a few utensils and other household items that are made from bamboo.

      Thanks for the information in this lens. I now have more ideas where I can buy bamboo products.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Yes, we bamboo here at home. It's the RIGHT choice. :)

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      grainne 5 years ago

      Bamboo is a fast growing grass. If you are religious, then for you bamboo is a sign of prosperity. The main feature of bamboo is it doesn't need so much care like other plants. You can plant bamboo in your garden and they are straight so you never bother to clean your garden says- Garden Design London.

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      Kilroy 5 years ago

      @modernchakra: Since you're bookmarking you may want to bookmark my buddy, they sell quality bamboo fence and other fencing products.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Two things I didn't know about bamboo: It survived Hiroshima. It makes an adorable dollhouse (I want one of those.) Great lens!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I want bamboo :-) sheets

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      Amoonlighter2011 5 years ago

      I like my bamboo sheets

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I was surprised when I heard you could make fabric out of bamboo. Very cool.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have a winter get away made of bamboo and it is really beautiful. The towels made from bamboo are the most absorbent I have ever used.

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      MsBrightside LM 5 years ago

      I love it -- from kitchen tools to bathroom towels to socks, I am a bamboo fan. :) Great lens.

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      marianne sequeira 5 years ago

      Bamboo makes great fences and the tender shoots taste lovely.... nice lens

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Bookmarked and saved for when I buy a bamboo mat for my office. Great stuff again Graceonline, not a surprise this was LOTD. Thanks.

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      mistersquidoo_here 5 years ago

      there is a lot of bamboo in my hometown..we call it "bulu"...thanks for sharing...love this lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Whew, I sure learned about bamboo here! Bamboo seems to be the perfect plant for so many uses and benefits that is is for sure the eco-wonder of the world...and is associated with good luck and harmony!

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      I love bamboo - so attractive!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      I learned a lot about bamboo that I didn't know. Blessed by the green living angel.

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      GottaGreenBuzz 5 years ago

      Wow, loved this lens...been enjoying many I've seen from you. I'd love to use bamboo more! Thanks for adding to our day. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing so many helpful tips! We love Bamboo, in particular for it's hardiness and sustainability. Keep up the great work :)

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      Harshitha LM 5 years ago

      Loved your lens. Did not know bamboo could be used in so many wonderful ways.

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      pepys 5 years ago

      There is obviously a lot of research (and love) behind your lens and you give us an incredible amount of information. There are things here I would never have imagines. As a kid we went on holidays and there was a forest we reached through the backyard. Se set up a system where we would signal each other with owl hoots. Unfortunately I just couldn´t get the hang of it - until a found a stem of bamboo and made myself a flute. in short order everyone had their own, handcrafted flutes.

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      Highly impressed by your lens. It is wonderful! When I am able, I plan to get bamboo flooring for my house. It is so beautiful and sustainable. If I ever want to know something about bamboo, this will be my first stop.

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens.......Well done...Bamboo has always intrigued me! I don't know why...we used it a lot in the nursery business as stakes for keeping plants straight........ Bamboo is awesome and something that should be planted in every permaculture property.

      I love the picture of the Japanese Maples in front of the bamboo! I can't get enough Japanese Maples in my landscape and really get a lot of good information.....Thank you so much for compilling......:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The bamboo is a useful and creative gift of nature to mankind, I love bamboo chairs and anything that has bamboo in it.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      We used to have a bamboo rocking chair. It was nice and cool to rock on. :)

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      JeffMcRitchie1 5 years ago

      Love this lens! Bamboo items cover my house, someday I will install bamboo flooring. Great job raising awareness about this awesome sustainable material!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eco friendly, sustainable, prolific... What's not to like! Great article.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting page on bamboos. well presented lens. ~blessed~

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Love the bamboo utensils and clothing. Great lens. Blessed! :)

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      RhondaSueDavis 5 years ago

      yes, I have bamboo! We have it in front of our window to help shade in the summer. It is in an old style bathtub in the ground and has really grown more this year. I used several cuttings off mine for the preschoolers at easter in place of the usual palm fronds. The bamboo was not as pokey. Nice lens, thanks so much for making this?

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      filmic 5 years ago

      Nice lens, bamboo...AND it's endorsed by Pandas! Great PR!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      You have given me a new appreciation for this amazing plant. Angel Blessed

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I have some socks with bamboo in them. I think bamboo is a great idea.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What a great lens, I like bamboo flooring, not sure if I'd want to grow it, thanks for sharing all this awesome information with the rest of us...

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I didn't know bamboo was native in the Americas. If it was native everywhere but Europe and Antarctica, I wonder what kept it out of Europe. Being attached to Asia and Africa I am surprised that if it could grow in Europe that it didn't.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is a nice lens, here in the Philippines, bamboo is used a lot, I always use bamboo laminate for a lot of my furniture.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: Mark, I was hunting down that kitchen and found this. That link is old, but it was enough to help me find your finished photos: http://www.fivecat.com/Home/Portfolio/Marissa_s_Ki... Gorgeous!

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Back here in India, bamboo is used quite a lot, particularly for decorative items...

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      TopMovieSoundtr 5 years ago

      Bamboo -- it's so lovely when it's in someone else's garden isn't it. Love Bamboo flooring.

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      JeffMcRitchie1 5 years ago

      Love this lens! Great info and resources.

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      InquisitiveOne LM 5 years ago

      Greetings to you. What a wonderful lens on a wonderful gift to our planet. I'm a big fan of bamboo and learned some things here I never knew. I look forward to more of your writing on sustainable living and earth-friendly choices. Thank you.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Would love a bamboo trellis, and some bamboo growing in my yard. Love the lens ... Macey is adorable!

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      Francis Luxford 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bamboo is so cool looking. I wish it grew over here.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We just finished a bamboo villa and it is beautiful.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'd love to have some bamboo in my backyard - it is so beautiful and sounds amazing when the wind blows through it.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Bamboo is extraordinary! No wonder I love it so much. Fabulous lens. **Blessed.**

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Very comprehensive information. I thnk you know everything about bamboo. Great Lens.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      I have never read before such a lot info about banboo :) Have nice day.

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      I have a bamboo cutting board. I never knew all of this about bamboo. Thanks for such an informative and interesting lens!

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      marckq 5 years ago

      In our country, bamboo is used in all the ways you stated on this lens, and yes, bamboo shoot recipes are yum!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @rihamah lm: I found the Martha Stewart vid informative as I have been trying for years to find the perfect lampshade for my favorite lamp. Thanks!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @RawBill1: Do return and let me know how it goes. I'm curious how you would like to use it and whether the landlord might appreciate your thinning the stand a bit.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you so much!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Pretty cool! wow, I learned a few things about bamboo here too! Blessed

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Bamboo is awesome and something that should be planted in every permaculture property. I am moving this weekend to a 3/4 acre property which has bamboo stands on it. I am only renting though for now so I probably will not be able to utilise it. Cannot hurt to ask though!

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      rihamah lm 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens. I love bamboo and I've created a page about bamboo floor lamps please do check it out and leave me your feed back.

      bamboo floor lamps

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      Over50LifeInsuranceQuotes 6 years ago

      Hi there,

      Yesterday I was shopping for my newly born nephew and I saw tons of clothes that said Bamboo Baby on the label. They were so soft and smooth that I thought I was going crazy by thinking that those were made out of bamboo. So I did some searching on line and I came across your lens. What a great information you have here. Now I know that I am not going nuts :-) thank you

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Great lens there were many things i did not know about bamboo's.

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      hershel01 6 years ago

      Bamboo is very versatile and this was a great lens.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I nearly miss the spectacular display of bamboo, we use bamboo steamers and baskets. They're very light, durable and environmentally-friendly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bamboo has always intrigued me! I don't know why...we used it a lot in the nursery business as stakes for keeping plants straight.

      I love the picture of the Japanese Maples in front of the bamboo! I can't get enough Japanese Maples in my landscape and really get a lot of good information from Mike McGroarty and his web site. One page in particular that keep coming back to is Japanese Red Maple Trees.

      The reason we used bamboo over any other type of stake is its durability...you couldn't ask for a stronger natural resource!

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I don't have any bamboo here in Milwaukee -- In California, my folks have a kind of bamboo growing in large planters out front, an arrangement that creates a marked-off, semi-sheltered front patio space in part of their driveway they don't drive on.

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      lunawolf 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I use a lot of bamboo fabric for sewing projects, and I'm a big fan of bamboo knitting needles, but didn't know about some of its other uses.

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      Diana J. Limjoco 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Great information, thanks for compiling. We have a bamboo grove on our farm in the Philippines which we selectively harvest and use to build with.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      What a great collection you have here!,Awesome info and helpful..

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      martialartstraining 6 years ago

      Bamboo is a miraculous thing, we should keep making good use of it like this.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @renee7: My pleasure. Yes, bamboo does make beautiful floors, and I have seen some gorgeous furniture as well as handsome kitchen cabinets. Of course, we have small pieces of bamboo in our home: a couple of cutting boards, reusable picnic utensils ad the like.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @Bamboojones: Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thank you so much! I apologize that it's been so long since I last checked in, and I appreciate the honor and the blessing tremendously. Best wishes to you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I'm back for a visit. I am a huge bamboo fan and love this lens. Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel, http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel.

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      renee7 7 years ago

      Bamboo is a wonderful, renewable resource. Thanks for providing such a great amount of information about bamboo. Using it for flooring is becoming more and more popular I am happy to see. Nice lens.

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      Bamboojones 7 years ago

      Spent some time looking at your lens. Nice job, nice information, nice products.

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      Kathryn Grace 7 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: A much belated but no less heartfelt thank you for your blessings and your encouragement.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      When I first saw this lens I wasn't a Squidoo Angel, but I am now and happy to Bless this lens. It is an excellent "Green" lens and just the sort of lens I love to see in this category.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      Okay, bamboo fiber clothing? That is so cool. I love bamboo and it's amazing to find out how unbelievably versatile it is. So much for the mighty acorn. I've never heard of anyone walking around in oak underwear.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I grow bamboo and use it for all sorts of things. But sadly I've discovered my donkey loves to eat it and has stripped it completely wherever he can reach his giant head and prehensile lips.

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      sittonbull 7 years ago

      Great lens on bamboo. Our local golf course in SC has a large stand of bamboo which was at one time the largest nesting area in the Southeast for blackbirds.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      It's amazing how many things are bamboo!

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. We didn't realize that it survived the bombing. Great info and great pics. Thank-you.

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      HenryE LM 7 years ago

      Who knew? I've always thought of bamboo as being a beautiful plant but I didn't know it could be used for so many interesting things!

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      dperry1 7 years ago

      Grace, this is a wonderful lens! I had no idea bamboo was used for so many things. I've always been a fan of bamboo as far as decorating goes, in fact I am going to have bamboo floors installed in my home very soon. I would love to grow the non-clumping kind of bamboo in my yard and will have to read up on what the best type is for my area. Thank you again for a very informative lens.

      5* job for sure!

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      Steve Dizmon 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I had no idea bamboo was so versatile. This is a very interesting lens. 5 Stars. I learned some interesting things I did not know.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Quite an eye opener and so very well presented.

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      Lazy_Environmentalist 7 years ago

      You have put together an amazing collection of info and resources here! This is a wonderful lens! When you have a chance, I'd love for you to visit my green living lens. Be sure to say hello when you stop by!

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      Eco-Footprints 7 years ago

      Hi- Not sure if my previous blurb made it... anyway, I love your lens and I love bamboo clothing! (I do sell it in my shop!!) I love the baby socks that don't fall off and I love the tops that are nice and cool and silky! The bamboo scarves are pretty, too! Thanks for all the great info. I especially like the part you included about where the bamboo is from, that's an important consideration. I have been looking for some info on that subject! Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love bamboo! Bamboo clothing is super soft and silky! I love the baby bamboo socks that don't fall off! I have a long-sleeve bamboo shirt and a bamboo tank top that I wear all the time!

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      BlueMtnWildlife 8 years ago

      Wow! I never knew there were so many Bamboo products and possibilities. Great organization of information. 5 stars

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Great lens on Bamboo. I use bamboo towels and kitchen accessories. I have learned a lot more about it reading this lens. A great resource for those that want to lessen their environmental footprint. Congrats on the Top 100!

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      vanillapud_vanillapod 8 years ago

      Fab lens! My mother in law have a bamboo patch in her garden, it's so beautiful and so peaceful! That will definitely be a part of my garden when I have one! In the meantime, I have bought a bamboo board to cut my veg and it's great to use!

      I might create a bamboo collection in my shop, will let you know though!

      xxx

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      I had know idea there was so much to know about bamboo. Thanks for sharing. 5*

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      We also love Bamboo! We have multiple varieties in our garden. Our biggest bamboo surprise is the birds and Chipmunks that love it. We have a set of birds that sleep in the bamboo by our patio. The Humming Birds, Golden Finches and Chipmunks love to drink the dew that collets in the base of the leaves each morning. The Chipmunks actually climb almost to the top of our 18 footers. What a great 5* lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We love Bamboo! We have 3 different varieties that surround the "oasis" (OK, it's a patio) at the top of my garden. I have managed to grow some from cuttings as well. One of the varieties bloomed last year, but I have managed to save some of it - hopefully it wont bloom for another 80 years! The garden centre said lots of eople had the same problem so they must have all come from the same "mother" plant.

      I love the quiet rustling noise it makes in the breeze. Lovely lens & lensrolled to my "green " lenses.

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      Love this, very interesting and comprehensive information and I agree bamboo is beautiful... I have learnt a lot about bamboo here and added this to faves so I can find again to read more :) Thankyou for sharing.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This is now one of my favorite lenses! I love anything bamboo and have a wonderful bamboo plant that I've had for more than 20 years! I've hauled it all over the United States - everywhere we've moved! Gardening is a passion and I'm determined to find a bamboo that will be hardy in our cold Minnesota climate...I will refer to this lens again and again until I've explored every single link! Great job.

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It's well done. 5 *****'s

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      Glenna Jones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Great lens. I've always liked bamboo and my daughter has a beautiful floor made of it. Maybe it's time to add some to my garden.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Very informative. I've been looking for something good to plant by my creek. I think I'll try some bamboo, the non-invasive kind.

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      EmmaCooper LM 8 years ago

      Cool lens! Thanks for sharing :)

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      I love the bamboo lens! I love the versatility of bamboo! Personally I eat it, wear it, and have it throughout my house!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      A wonderful lens. Angel Blessings to you.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      I love bamboo products! I have some bamboo clothing that is excellent. Nice work on this lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I didn't know much about bamboo before, but now I know a little more.

      I never realize how useful and versatile it is.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Very informative :o) 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Bamboo is a great resource to help us go in a new direction with a lot of different products it has great potencle for green clothing if they can find a way to make it in to fabric without all the chemicals they use i know they'll figure it out soon.

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      CounselMom 8 years ago

      Cool lens! 5*

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      onqsavings 8 years ago

      To start and finis, in honesty: @1st I didn't recognize this as bamboo. Being a newbie. squidu, I'd click on several other lens entries... just to see what this was all about.

      However, I picked this one lens for a period that I could just parusal this particular lens as its put.

      Plus, I was just in the frame of mind to learn what this is all about. after some cramping of the Basic Knowledge to what is necessary in building my very 1st lens.

      This lens is in my point-of-view well done. And I'll be back again and again...

      ...until then... zoomsnog-out

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Still one of my all-time favorite lenses!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :)

      Colleen ~ www.squidoo.com/squid-angel

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      opalship 8 years ago

      Thank you for the topic,

      we have just had a neighboring developer remove some of our privacy vegetation, the town says o well "Too late now," it was Brazilian Pepper removal (None was there)they just favor the large developer as they give charity grants to special interests here.

      Can you recommend the fastest tallest variety we can plant here (tropical island climate,33957 zip code) that could replace our stolen privacy with natural vegetation , rather than an ugly fence?

      5 stars amigo ~ Please DO, send us a message on the one you think grows quickly and might help replace the lost privacy.

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      ubon2006 8 years ago

      That.. Great lens A Good idea

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      AlarmSystemSpecialist 8 years ago

      Woow.. such a nice lens. And, yes, I love bamboo too. Thanks.

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      mygreenlife 8 years ago

      Bamboo is familiar in my country.In the past, it is used to make house, especially, it is sharpened to become a weapon in the war ,in feudal system.Bamboo sprout is also used for eating

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      I love bamboo! We live in Virginia and there are quite a few stands of bamboo around here. I planted bamboo as a perimeter fence in Africa and it went from shoots to 12' in 3 years! Great lens! 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure learned a lot about Bamboo from your lens. Thanks. 5*

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      I love bamboo, great lens

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      GoodInfo LM 8 years ago

      Wow! I was a bamboo fan before reading this, but now I'm a much more informed bamboo fan! Great lens - Well worth five stars and LOTD!

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      bamboo products are really amazing.

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      theGINlady 8 years ago

      Glad to see someone who gushes over bamboo as well. I remember the first time a group sent me a bamboo designer tee and i was blown away by the smoothe silky texture of the material. Much better than cotton. I'm planning on writing an article on bamboo and will source and cite your lens. I urge everyone to try some of these products, particularly the clothes.

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      SilverLotus1 8 years ago

      Love bamboo, love this lens! I've added it to the featured lenses in Your Green Guide

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Still a favorite of mine. I'd give you another 5 stars if I could. I favorited it (it was favorited before but has since disappeared!) Anyway, wonderful lens with great information. I love bamboo. I've lensrolled it to my Giant Panda lens. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've learned so much from this lens. Love it!

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      Barry Wah Lee 8 years ago from Auckland

      I have been here before.

      It probably as been added to though.

      i am in a shop that has had many bamboo products for decades.Recent addition though, has been a bamboo chopping block.

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      Glenna Jones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Bamboo is fascinating. I didn't know there was any that was native to the US. Thanks for such a nice lens.

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I live the bamboo bicycle the best! Great lens *****

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      tjar12 8 years ago

      My wife and I are big bamboo lovers. We live in South Florida and years ago had a lot of Bamboo growing in our area. It's all gone now due to the growth of the city. It's really a sad thing.

      Thanks for the Lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I know someone who grows bamboo and makes art forms from it and puts it out for the public to see on the riverfront in Madison,Indiana.....I hear the fabric made from it is good.

      I like your site. I just started mine....needs lots of work.

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      June Parker 8 years ago from New York

      5 stars for a very well done and informative lens. Excellent! Bamboo has always been one of my favorite woods. In Hawaii we would use it to make many different things for our homes. I have added you to my faves, lensrolled to my Hawaii lens and bookmarked you too.

      Big Island of Hawaii

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely page! Thanks.

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      Seasoned_Chef 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. I just hope all this bamboo usage doesn't end up having some dreadful impact eventually...

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Thank you for helping spread the word about Asante Africa Foundation. I also wanted to report that the bamboo I planted last year is now 7-8 feet high. I just love it (and your lens)!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love sleeping on my red bamboo sheets. They're better than any thing I've used before.

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      Fox Music 8 years ago

      Great Lens - We have a couple Bonsai Bamboos and we do have one bamboo grass (which is very aggressive)in our yard but our zone requires winter hardy plants.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      What a unique idea for a lens, and so well executed. 5*s I found the "high rise" especially stunning.

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      RyanRE LM 9 years ago

      I love bamboo floors in homes. I like the bright clean look. Nice lens ***** to ya!

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      EmbraceItDesigns 9 years ago

      Really informative and interesting lense. I want to see a bamboo skyscraper! :-)

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      organic-baby-clothing 9 years ago

      Dear Gracey,

      I love what you did here! You are doing here exactly what I was looking for.

      I have this great dream, and therefore I am going to built myself a lens as well right now ;-)

      Love Esther Lijwkan

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I wear bamboo clothing sometimes and it's much more durable and soft. It doesn't wear away the same way that cotton does. It's supposed to be more "breathable," too.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Hi Grace! I found this article and thought of ya! ;)

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I havea a bamboo sweater and it is one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Great lens!

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      DrivingWater 9 years ago

      I didn't know bamboo was used for so many things Nice lens.

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      DiscoPixie LM 9 years ago

      I've always loved bamboo. I have great bamboo blinds in my room.

      Obama Passport Breach

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoy staying with you. BOOKMARKED!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      bamboo can also be made into one of those fighting rod. My boyfriend loved to watch those movies.

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      YouCanCallMeDan 9 years ago

      I've always loved bamboo flooring! Never knew it was so incredibly useful though...

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      BeadBrain 9 years ago

      I live in Southern California & I'm very inerested in growing some bambo in my yard. Your lens & the links in your lens really pointed me in the right direction. Thank You very much!

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      hoppimike 9 years ago

      wow very good man, i love bamboo too, it is one of those great crops a bit like hemp.

      by the way, i've written an article on fair trade and organic clothing people might find cool, check it out

      http://www.squidoo.com/buyingethicalproducts

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      SusanShaw 9 years ago

      Wow! Awesome lens. Really great information and really well put together--thank you!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great.. great lens about the different types of uses of bamboo and how to use the bamboo in different ways.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens that shows the importance and uses of bamboo in our daily lives and brings us more close to nature.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent lens,it provided vast information regarding Bomboo's and the uses of bamboo's in different ways.Before going through this lens i don't know there are these many uses with bamboo.

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Bamboo is beautiful. Excellent lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Like the coconut, there are so many ways to use the bamboo. Good post you have here.

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      bridgeport 9 years ago

      This is wonderful information about Bamboo! Great Lens!

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      Mark Falco 9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hugely informative lens! Thanks for the masses of really helpful info.

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      grandpas 9 years ago

      You REALLY bring bamboo to the forefront of every aspect of its uses. GREAT lens and SO much information. Am a master gardener and believe in everything that bamboo represents! Thanks for pulling this all together into one impressive lens!

      Barbara Nelson

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      Aika 9 years ago

      I never thought that bamboo had so many useful benefits. Thanks to you I learn that bamboo is essential too. Great Lens! Check out my lens if you have time.

      http://www.squidoo.com/businesscreditcardsite

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hiya Gracey, Wonderful bamboo lens. My favorite plant in our house is a bamboo plant. It's unique in our neighborhood :) Luckily it doesn't quite grow 4 feet a day though :) Your lens is very informative and large. I learned quite a bit. I didn't know it was stronger than hardwood and that it is classified as a grass. Nice work. ~Music Resource~

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      JanaMurray 9 years ago

      Wow, I learned so much, I live in Asheville, NC. We have abundant bamboo in this area, even at the Biltmore House!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Grace - Thanks for including us in your bamboo sampler. The kitchen is almost complete. I send you finished photos soon.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Bamboo serves many purpose for mankind. You name it, baskets, walls, partitions, floorings, trays, handicraft, mat and the list goes on..and food too! Bamboo shoot, the taste is similar to asparagus.

      Support bamboo, support nature. Recycleable and organic matter. Interesting infos! Go green!

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      flicker lm 9 years ago

      What a great lens! Very educational. Five stars.

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      Laura-K 9 years ago

      Very interesting info ! I have some neat earrings from Peru made with bamboo. Loved the "Trek" reference !

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      pipersfun 9 years ago

      Just loved all of your info!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      great lens 5 stars 4 u

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      minky 9 years ago

      Excellent information and content. Great lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Just wanted to give you an update... my six bamboo plants are now taller than me! Soon we won't see our neighbor's unsightly garage roof. Hooray bamboo!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Grace:

      More update on our bamboo kitchen.

      http://fivecat.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/marissas-k...

      Hope you like it.

      Mark

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      ey_jay 9 years ago

      amazingly beautiful grass. very informative lens you have here Grace. Congrats for making it to the top. 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Interesting stuff, bamboo...I'm designing and building the lightest, fastest and most economical 2-seater car. It has only 2 wheels, it will out-tonk a Ferrari while using one quarter of the fuel, and it's less than one-fifth of the weight. The monocoque chassis is 95% resin-bonded bamboo sheets

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      I love this lens. You have so much great and useful information here - all arranged so well. Thanks for all your hard work, and I'm glad you're in the Lensmaster Soup with me!

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      ReuseThisBag 9 years ago

      I love bamboo! light, strong, lasts forever and grows like a weed! cheers to you!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow, great information!

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      gwkell lm 9 years ago

      Great info! We love bamboo flooring.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      does anyone know of ethnic bamboo lore? Does it have any mythic qualities or symbolism in any pagan (or other)religion? I'm doing a Harry Potter wand project with different woods, and I'd like the kids to know the lore of the trees from which they could choose their wands.

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      mn3guy 9 years ago

      Pretty incredible stuff here. Thanks for making such a helpful lens!

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      LibbyGudzdesign 9 years ago

      what an informative lens. thanks!

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      ResponsibleChina 9 years ago

      Hi! I wrote about bamboo bikes on my new blog:

      http://responsiblechina.com/2007/07/09/bamboo-bicy...

      The owner of Daedalus Cycles says, "Bamboo bikes will never exist on a large scale because there is to much variation in the raw material and quality control on a large scale would be impossible."

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      ParrotMaster LM 9 years ago

      Nice Job. 5 Stars!

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      FESA 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens. So much information and facts about bamboo that I really didn't know. Wonderful product selections as well. I've bookmarked the site so that I can come back again. 5*s Thanks. Fran

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      Dubai-Real-Estate 9 years ago

      Nice lens keep up the good work 5 stars from me!

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      Gail Faulkner 9 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for stopping by my Reiki lens. Gail

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      So much cool stuff on your lens. Thanks for stopping by A Day of Hope's lens. You can show your support for our goal to deliver 750 thanksgiving baskets to 750 families by joining our group. Join A Day of Hope

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      nicataliano 9 years ago

      great page. very extensive

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      Kuanyin 9 years ago

      YES! An amazing lens! And I see I'm right behind my friend, Kathy....small world! FIVE STARS!!!

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      Tiffany3 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love bamboo...especially bamboo towels.

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      Partybluprints 9 years ago

      We use bamboo in our party plans. Joanne Hudson sells disposable bambu tableware. It is a green alternative to paper disposables and it is more elegant!

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      SARASOTASWEETIE 9 years ago

      Great lens. 5 Stars! I grow in my yard Oldhami, Tropical Black Timber, Blue and many many more.

      The favorite in my yard!

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      BradKamer 9 years ago

      Great Information. I am still shocked there aren't any bamboo golf clubs out there. Good news is if you toss one into the pond, it Floats!

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      www.WorldPeaceEmerging.com 9 years ago

      Step on the map accomplished... Livin'n life. Loving all. Gracey, this is such a great lens. Nice work!

      -Nate

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      Enchanted_Ways 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! So much information!

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      DonnaMiller 9 years ago

      Wow, excellent lens! I've always loved bamboo, it's so beautiful and useful. We have started building a fence around our gardens with bamboo that we harvest for free nearby. I love to hear of other ways to use bamboo and your lens has been a real inspiration for me.

      Thanks,

      Donna

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      one SquidAddict 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Group! I have rated you 5*

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      allysa 9 years ago

      congrats Grace for making it to the top. Great lens, you deserve it! makes me your 116th star. Hope you can hop to my lens sometimes, thanks

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      Rossman LM 9 years ago

      Very Informative 5-Star

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Great lens! Keep up the hard work!

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      roiclicks 9 years ago

      Loved it! good job

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      How informative! You have now become one of my new favorites.

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      hamutie28 9 years ago

      Awesome lens,so informative lots of interesting and useful information.Good Job!! 5 stars lens~~~~

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      imagineit lm 9 years ago

      what delightful and informative lens on a great renewable resource!

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      SalesPractice LM 9 years ago

      Bamboo. Who knew? Congratulations on building an excellent lens. Very informative and well designed. Thumbs up!

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      teg lm 9 years ago

      I absolutely love this site! I give it 5 stars!

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      Impressive lens. 5 stars! -Vicki

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Grace, congrats on LOTD, but MORE, congrats on such a beautiful lens. Excellent reference, great info.

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      Classic LM 9 years ago

      I have featured you and your lens on my group HP nature and Environment. Happy Sunday! :o)

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      Isalini 9 years ago

      My favorite bamboo tools are my tomato stakes and rake. I've had that rake for YEARS. I never knew about bamboo clothes, amazing!

      Come visit me at Basenjidogs

      Isalini

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      benefits of bamboo must be told to everyone

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      tmfvideo 9 years ago

      Nice lens, an inspiration to us newbies!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      globalinternetmall 9 years ago

      5 stars from me! I can't wait to show my Grandson this he always asks me all about bamboo and now he will know. Thank you for your lens.

      Mary

      http://www.squidoo.com/my_powermall/

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      1BigDog 9 years ago

      Bamboo and I thought of rolling papers lol GREAT LENS

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      ThePrancingPony 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens! It is very well compiled with a lot of useful information :) 5-stars from me.

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      SamFrea 9 years ago

      This is certainly the type of lens to shot for. Very interesting info! Thanks.

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      Ashlynn 9 years ago

      Thanks for the book tip! Will be purchasing soon. Can't wait to read it.

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      LABELSTONE 9 years ago

      Great lens - I will be making/using bamboo trellis next year for my peas and beans. Do visit my lens!

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      Kiki_Blitz 9 years ago

      I know you are a lens master,but would you be interested in joining my group? We promote green shopping lenses and issues, please join my group http://www.squidoo.com/groups/gocarbonfree. We dig, hugg, and del.icio.us each

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I've always liked bamboo, but I never knew it was so useful. Thanks for taking the time to share all this information. :)

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      leugim 9 years ago

      Yeah, nice! Bamboo at its best!

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      japanetics 9 years ago

      I was drawn into bamboo because bamboo is so cool and in Japan its a staple and I found it interesting that houses are made instead of wood of bamboo and 4x4 bamboo studs etc. please check out some of my insight into my favorite country outside of the US at http://squidoo.com/japanese12345

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      Great lens. I recently visited the Quail Botanical Gardens and they have a great bamboo garden. I grow some at home and love my black bamboo variety.

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      Kakenetit2 LM 9 years ago

      Wow I guess I didn't really know much about Bamboo until now! Great Lens! Congratulations!

      Best of luck

      Kay

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      We have bamboo chopping blocks too.

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      Lady Gotrocks 9 years ago

      Awesome lens!!! 5 stars!

      You are invited to join the Raising Stars group

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      PandoraJaramillo 9 years ago

      Bamboo makes a great garden fabulous! It is a great sustainable resource. Bamboo is used in a lot of permaculture gardening.

      www.permacultureearth.com

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      jeffyd 9 years ago

      well done....a great lens that showcases the 'remarkable renewable resource' well. We study, live and work with the material. Check out our company, BAMBU at www.bambuhome.com.

      Personally, have drunk it, eaten it, slept on it, ridden on it, swung it (baseball bat), worn it - it's a wondrous plant!

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      How about bamboo flooring?...I think it is much more beautiful then regular hardwood flooring.

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      Lilly Fluger 9 years ago from San Diego

      Oops, I wasn't logged in...I remembered a bamboo forest I was in on Maui and it was so amazing to hear them sway and knock together way up high making that wind chime hollow lovely sound! Oh and those lucky houseplants of chopped off bamboo. They just keep growing. I wonder if there are bamboots?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens! Really fantastic. I go to the zoo a lot, and watch the Pandas chomping away on this stuff. One day the zoo had a bambooth selling products, so it was really neat to see and touch the fabrics and learn about the stuff. So nice to learn more here! Congrats on lens of the day!

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      sherryevans 9 years ago

      Congratulations to your lens. It really deserves to be "the lens of the day".

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      August 9 years ago

      Bamboo is a great plant for the landscape. I had been

      wanting Black Bamboo for several years. I had seen it

      in gardening catalogues for over $100. This Spring I

      bought some on the internet from Woodlanders.net in

      Aiken S.C. for $18. What a great lens you have, learned much about bamboo.

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      I saw a variety in Louisiana that was so beautiful

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      arossona 9 years ago

      Great lens. 5 stars.

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      ssuthep 9 years ago

      WoW! Simply Amazing. Tons of valuable information. Gets my 5 star Vote.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      That great specialist,bamboo in my country also a lot of bamboo but not yet explore like this one,

      Best to you

      adri

      http://www.sguidoo/tips-marketing

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just slept in a bamboo hut in the Philippines, and in China they build skyscrapes using bamboo thrusts...its simply amazing.

      This is si informative..thanks..

      Maggi

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      SuzanMarie 9 years ago

      The incredible, edible Bamboo! Loved your lens. Will have to get a bamboo for my office. Thanks for the amazing photos. 5 Star.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have been wanting to plant some in my backyard as a type of "security hedge" along my fence. I love bamboo, but have been told that there are drawbacks to planting it and that it goes crazy. Are there ways to control it? Any suggestions on this?

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      Encourager LM 9 years ago

      Great lens. 5*. We used to make pea shooters with bamboo. They used bamboo for making platforms so that carpenters and masons could access 1st and second floors in houses.

      Visit my lens http://www.squidoo.com/together-we-can-change-the-...

      Helping fund charities and NPO's.

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      Ernest2454 9 years ago

      I like Bamboo, it give me fresh, green, a wonderful feeling standing among the bamboo.

      Some of my lingerie is made of bamboo, welcome.

      http://stores.ebay.com/My-Prettiest-Lingeries

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      love your lens bamboo is my favorite would love to plant in my yard but they would not live in the winter here in Michigan.check out my lens rated you 5*****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens - have you any Sumie paintings of bamboo?

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      MesaMexicanFoods 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! We grow several varieties of bamboo which are all unique and amazing. If you are going to add bamboo growing information to your lens, you may want to mention that bamboo can be running or clumping, and choosing the right type is very important when choosing a planting location.

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      ronpass lm 9 years ago

      What a revelation about bamboo. We had some growing in our backyard and used bamboo products such as pot stands, garden stakes and fencing. This lens elevates the humble bamboo.

      Ron Passfield

      Squidoo marketing

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      Working_From_Home 9 years ago

      Hi Grace, Thanks for making this lens, I really enjoyed learning all about bamboo and it's many uses. Very well researched and presented. 5 stars! Lisa.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      So happy to see you were chosen lens of the day! I've said it before - this is an awesome lens and I love bamboo - great job!

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      Donna Littlewood 9 years ago from Seguin, Texas

      Wonderful lens! So informative. And the information is so relevant in today's world. Thank you for doing us all a service.

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      JonitasKalimpo 9 years ago

      great lens this one, 5star no doubt!! Congratulations Grace for the lens of the day, it's very well diserved.

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      YKRandall 9 years ago

      Your passion for bamboo is infectious! I love bamboo too, one of those amazing plants that is a great friend of humankind (and pandas).

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      What an extraordinary plant. I have a bamboo (Acapulco) umbrella as a deck shade in my front lawn which is soooooooo much better than a vinyl!

      But hey, I learnt of all these other uses ~~ Wow !

      Best to you

      Karen at Karen

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      phpdevguy 9 years ago

      I love Bamboo!!! One of my nicknames is The Bamboo Obsessed Weirdo... haha

      I wish I could do great lenses like yours! Perhaps you could visit mine and give suggestion? Thanks!

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      I love bamboo too. Thanks for a great lens. 5*s. Thanks for helping the Pandas! Please visit my bear lens: Are You Polar Bear Aware.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      I'm an avid knitter and bamboo is being used to make some beautiful yarns either as itself or mixed with other products. It is fun to work with even during the hot summer months.

      Email me if you want to add bamboo yarn info to this lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A great article, informative and inspiring.

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      Handcraftedcolor 9 years ago

      I am a textile dyer. A client brought me a piece the other day to dye and I was impressed by its properties. It is lush and luxuriant and the colors were bright and vibrant...www.squidoo.com/tiedyefabrics

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Bamboo cloth is fabulous stuff! Silky as well... Silk, Machine washable, and antibacterial so it doesn't stink! Great lens! I'd love to see some places to buy fabric if you know of any?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Beautiful informative lens! I'll need to check out that Bamboo yarn further...

      Thanks, Alice

      Art Knitting - Weird, Wacky and Wonderful

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      mn3guy 9 years ago

      I have seen bamboo growing like crazy on a farm north in Gallatin, north of Nashville, TN. It is amazing how fast it grows...and spreads. Your site provides a ton of helpful information and is quite interesting. Congrats on the Lens of the Day.

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      MrLewis 9 years ago

      Superior Lens building Here! A wealth of Info plus excellent use of the Module System! A well deserved 5 Stars from Me!!!

      D Lewis

      The Ultimate Guide to List Bandit

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      WallStories 9 years ago

      And we dug it out of our garden as it was taking over! (not an easy task) How sick do I feel now??

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      Cheryl Paton 9 years ago from West Virginia

      I love bamboo, especially our bamboo towels; they are so soft and absorbent. I lensrolled your lens to my Bamboo Towels lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens...I'm so glad it was on the Squidoo front page..that's how I found it! I will also use your organization as a model for my lens (and blog too)!

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      somethinspecial_com 9 years ago

      Wow, who knew all the uses for bamboo, thanks for the education!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! My bamboo screen is growing nicely... already taller than me. It's beautiful stuff.

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      AllThingsMichigan 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. I lensrolled this great lens to my Why Recycle? and Organic Products lenses. Good job and congrats on the LOTD!

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      Beads_of_Luv 9 years ago

      good job, definitely 5 stars!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow!

      What a great lens. Interesting information about bamboo. Truly enjoyed your information and the lens organization. Easy to read and kept my attention. Good monetization too. Will study your lens as a model for mine.

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      brookehudson 9 years ago

      Awesome lens. Bamboo can be transformed in lots of creative and useful things. You provided here valuable info and resources. Great job. 5 stars

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Grace:

      I promised you an update on our bamboo kitchen. I just posted a preview photo on my blog at http://fivecat.wordpress.com/2007/06/29/passion-pr... It's scheduled to be installed in a few weeks. I'll continue to keep you posted.

      -Mark (Fivecat Studio)

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      SPF 9 years ago

      Lovely lens! 5*s! I would like to invite you to join my group Backyard Habitat. I think your lens would be a nice fit for our group. My hubby and I are thinking about putting bamboo flooring in our house for beauty and an eco-friendly option to hardwood.

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      tplus 9 years ago

      visiting from ratings soup and i love your lens, 5 stars

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      frances lm 9 years ago

      Really informative and well done. Deserves five stars.

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      Arthur Russ 9 years ago from England

      Very informative lens with lots of interesting and useful information. An enjoyable read. Well worth the 5*.

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      Kathryn Grace 9 years ago from San Francisco

      bdkz, Bamboo is hot right now, so you could lose your geek status! Ash157, see Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon, above, for everything you need to find the right bamboo for your garden. Benedict, thanks for the tip!

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      Benedict 9 years ago

      Very nice lens! I recently saw some very nice bamboo-based kitchen products in a store, you may want to add them to you list - www.bambuhome.com.

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      Ashlynn 9 years ago

      Great lense! I have many fond memories of bamboo from childhood. We had a big patch of it growing in our backyard and my brother and I would pretend we were on African safaries...Ahhhh yes those were the days. Can you recommend a hearty bamboo that will grow in Canada - Vancouver, BC area?

      Thanks!

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Queen of the Girl Geeks! I love this lens, Bamboo is really cool! Does that make me geekier?

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      vnrozier 9 years ago

      Excellent lens.

      Actually I enjoy eating it.

      When I was at school we used to make flutes out of it.

      Probably got our backsides tanned with it as well.

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      Janusz LM 9 years ago

      Great Lens! just visited from Ratings Soup

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      Classic LM 9 years ago

      Excellent, 5*s lens! I have lensrolled it to my Japanses Flowering Cherry lens. Please feel free to submit the lens to my group Nature and Environment! Thanks for voting on my lens about Sophia Loren.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      I never realized just how amazing bamboo really is!

      Thanks for sharing. 5 stars!

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      I love bamboo, I have been wanting to plant some in my own yard for several years now. This may be just the jolt to get me started! I have a great spot in mind for it. Beautiful photos you have here!

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Excellent! 5*s, favorite, LR. I love bamboo

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      Classic LM 9 years ago

      Excellent 5*s lens! This and some other lenses of yours would make an excellent addition to my group Nature and Environment!Please feel free to submit them! Thanks for your vote on my Monarch Butterfly lens.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I don't bamboo, not really, but it's clear that I need to! Excellent, 5-star lens. Great information, fantastic resources. Wow!

      Susan

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      kerryg lm 9 years ago

      Great lens! I've loved the look and feel of bamboo flooring for a long time, but I had no idea it could also be used for clothing!

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      Susan1 LM 9 years ago

      Great lens, seems like everything is made of bamboo these days! 5 stars

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens! I have always loved bamboo (so much in fact that this year we are attempting to grow some here at our place in Utah - we'll see how it works..)

      I have bookmarked and added you to our lensroll!

      Great job!

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      Christene-S 9 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Bamboo is beautiful. I recently planted 6 to screen a fence and they're already growing taller than me!

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      Gail Faulkner 9 years ago

      nice lens. Lots of information. I invite you to join my Best Ratings Group We would love to have you.

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      Rich 9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great lens with some very informative text and pics!

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      flaminglacer 9 years ago

      Squid Angel Star

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Bamboo clothes feel good, look good and are good for you and the environment. Check out wwww.BambooEcowear.com

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      Fivecat 10 years ago

      We are residential architects (http://www.fivecat.com) and are interested in specifying bamboo for flooring, but have yet to find the right project. It looks great and is very durable. We are also designing a modern kitchen fitted with bamboo cabinets with a high gloss lacquer finish.

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      Kathryn Grace 10 years ago from San Francisco

      You got it, Angela. See the Bamboo Sampler below for a couple of clothing links and check back soon for more info on bamboo textiles and garment making.

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      AngelaHarms 10 years ago

      I love bamboo. I recently got new wooden spoons made of bamboo, and they're my favorites! I'd love to see more about bamboo clothing on this list.

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