Putting biodegradability to the test

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Kevin likes to use wood, bamboo, and jute twine to build his garden structures. There’s only one problem with biodegradable materials.

Break out the zip ties.

Break out the zip ties.

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  1. Accidental Mick says:

    I do simpathise with Kevin – his choice is very satisfying. I once built two bean wigwams from poles I’d coppiced from a sweet chesnut at the end of the garden I was very proud. They lasted a year. I replaced them with two lengths of galvanised gas pipe salvaged from the local refuse tip. That was still standing when we moved out seven years later.

  2. There’s a way to split lengths of bamboo into very pliable strips that when water soaked become very strong tying material. I saw it on a PBS program which recreated a wooden bridge being built using ancient techniques.

    The man who prepped the canes used a cleaver on long lengths of bamboo and braced the unwieldy length with his foot to keep the cut going.

  3. Judy, that’s the kind of technique I admire from a distance, because a zip tie is so much easier. But I will admit to being a big fan of all the crazy things you can do with bamboo.

    When it comes right down to it, though, I’m more in Mick’s camp …