[permaculture] reed beds

Robyn Francis erda at nor.com.au
Fri Feb 8 16:35:15 EST 2008

Have you ever worked with phragmites? The stems have an exceptionally hard
and brittle wall with hollow centre - to use in cob would be quite
impractical - it doesn't have the same or even vaguely similar qualities to
straw. The leaves, possibly, but it would be very labour intensive to
separate from the stems and you'd need to spend some time curing and
preparing it to a suitable size and texture for such use.

On 9/2/08 12:19 AM, "Harmon Seaver" <hseaver at gmail.com> wrote:

> Christoph Redwitz wrote:
>> How do you run the reed beds now?
>> With using the reeds i meant, if you can use the plant outcome or if its just
>> purification. I think you can use phragmites as mulch and maybe constucting
>> material (roofs maybe)?
>    Phragmites is traditionally used in various parts of the world as
> thatched roofs, and walls, and even reed boats, because the stems are
> hollow and they float well. It would probably be great used instead of
> straw in a clay-straw wall.
> -
> Harmon Seaver
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