So I've been shredding my neighbor's bamboo forest into mulch for my garden. It's quite a project. First I have to cut down the bamboo (she doesn't want it in her yard so I have access to as much as I can use) and haul it over to my yard. Then trim off all the stems with foliage, setting aside the poles (most are over ten feet long). Then the tedious work begins- by the handfuls, I snip the bamboo leaves and small stems into inch or half-inch sized pieces with my hand clippers, over a bucket. It takes two or three days' work to shred about two dozen poles of bamboo down into a few buckets' worth of mulch. (Alas, I don't have a chipper/shredder machine). Here's my older daughter resting on the pile of foliage waiting to be shredded. She says it makes a very nice cushion!
I thought of keeping all the poles and using them to build something, raised beds maybe? or a playhouse for my kids? but then ended up trading them to some lady on craigslist who was building a fence. She gave me a dozen brown farm-fresh organic eggs in return. They were fabulous!
and the plant seem relatively happy-