Post by HarmonyHill on Mar 9, 2010 15:20:34 GMT -5
Alright, I know this one is unusual, but I would like to plant bamboo in one corner of our yard to block the view of the neighbors house. Yes, I know that bamboo can be extremely invasive and that is actually part of the appeal, although I would plant a less invasive variety. I also have read that bamboo shoots contain small amounts of cyanide which can be toxic, but that they also have a bitter taste and so are usually left alone by animals. My question is...does anyone have bamboo planted near goats and do they try to eat it? It would be planted in the yard, but the yard fence in the back is also the goat fence (on the back side) and knowing how bamboo spreads I assume it would eventually make it's way into the goat pasture. Thoughts?
i have a few different varites growing and they love it. i had to put up fences around all my bamboo so they would not eat the leaves, make sure you get clumping bamboo. it is much easier to control, i have read alot about bamboo it is a very cool plant and the growth rates are amazing.
Post by HarmonyHill on Mar 10, 2010 18:23:07 GMT -5
What I had hoped initially is that the goats would eat the shoots that came up on their side of the fence, hence keeping it from taking over the pasture. Then I read about the cyanide, so thought I had better do some research. Aquajon, can you tell me what varieties you would suggest? I am in zone 6. Garysfarmer, I have eaten more bamboo shoots than I should admit (huge asian food fan) I wonder though if it is the way they are prepared that makes them edible? Cassava is highly toxic if not prepared properly... Rose, I must have extremely picky goats and they pick and choose pretty carefully. They would almost certainly eat something I didn't want them to eat though.