About four years ago I bought a container of bamboo from a nursery and I planted it with the hope it would provide some privacy screening. I read up on different types of bamboo, as all spread to an extent, but some send out shoots that will end up far from the main plant (neighbors yard). I purchased a thin leaf variety and waited in anticipation for it to grow up and spread. The first year it grew a little taller but did not spread. The second year it sent up a few shoots but was not a real gangbuster on growth. In the third year I started finding shoots out in the lawn and the canes started to thicken up nicely. This year it has tripled in size and heighth.
Besides providing privacy….finally…..thinning the bamboo provides all the plant stakes that I need in my yard. I trim the bamboo to eliminate the thin flexible upper portion and I zip tie three bamboo canes together to make one leg of my four leg pole bean teepee. I also use them to stake peppers, fava beans, eggplant and anything else that needs a little support. In trying to be self sufficient it is nice to have some raw materials from the garden that are very useful and bamboo fits this need.
As you can see in the photos……it is time to thin the bamboo again as it is a little out of hand. I think I will dig out a few bunches and plant them elsewhere in the yard…….as I have a couple of years before they go crazy.