Creative Bamboozling Idea #23: Tomato Stakes


I just harvested some bamboo from a yard in Falls Church. Yes, the lady who owns the house said I could take it and I don’t have any new trespassing warrants against me as far as I know.

This stuff, as lovely as it is, is a plague upon our landscape here in the DC area. And barring the use of our welfare panda population, there are few ways to really get rid of it. However, with some creative thought, we can at least have something productive come of the infestation.

My use for it? Tomato stakes. I figure I have about two weeks before my tomato plants are too big to support themselves, so I am hoping for some good hot, dry weather between now and then to dry out the stakes I cut.

If the stakes are still green when it comes time to stick them in the ground, they will sprout and grow like the weeds they are and I won’t get my security deposit back unless I get a panda or two in here to deforest the yard.

What are your creative uses for our overgrown bamboo?

2 Comments so far

  1. trxckster (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    Not from personal experience but …. but I just returned from the National Building Museum where I didn’t buy a DIY kit for children to make a bamboo wind chime. (I’ve longed wanted wind chimes but never can bring myself to spend money when I know that my collecting tendencies would eventually lead me to have the perfect items required for the sounds I seek!) I just did a search on the idea and found this description that suggests bamboo chimes:

    …produce a soft, brushing sound as they move against each other, replicating the natural sounds of bamboo in the wild, bending before the wind. [ ]

    I may have not looked close enough but don’t recall there was any metal involved since hard beads were the source for the percussion.

    btw, I liked the kit idea tons but didn’t think it warranted my spending the money to pull off what I could likely do w/o the expenditure…if only I had access to some bamboo…care to share. (I’d gladly pick up a stalk; my zookeeper-to-be son brought home a short bamboo piece from zoo camp a few weeks ago so I have a start.)

    Another use for extra bamboo would be climbing structures for small mammals — e.g., hamsters — or terrarium-based creatures; also, DIY fishing pole-type toys for cats. (We just adopted a couple of feral kittens from a litter I discovered in our Petworth backyard.)

  2. Max (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Stick them in the spokes of those crazy bicycle messenger people?

    Use them to beat the hot women off of you?

    Start saying, “Well it beats being poked in the eye with a sharp piece of bamboo.”

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