Happy Friday to you all, and if it is Friday then that means my thoughts turn to gardening. It is, after all, that time of year for many of us.
In case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the news, I’m into frugal. I’m into cheap. I’m into recycling old items and making them work time and time again in the yard. And today’s topic is about reusing bamboo in the garden.
Last year Bev was out running an errand and she saw a pile of bamboo on the side of the road with a sign that said FREE! Needless to say, she picked it all up. There must have been fifty pieces of bamboo in varying lengths, but most of them were about six feet long.
That was at the end of the summer so we didn’t do anything with it last year except put it in a dry place, but this spring we are ready.
Bamboo makes a great trellis for tomato plants, beans, peas, etc. There are a number of ways to make the trellises….one way is three poles tied together to make a teepee structure.
Or you can get creative and do it your own special way. All you need is the bamboo and some twine. No pounding nails or screwing screws. We can put one together in a half hour tops, and if you take it down at the end of the growing season and put it somewhere dry, you’ll get three or four years out of it before you have to make a new one.
See if your neighbors have any bamboo growing. I’m sure they will let you have some the next time they trim. The stuff grows like weeds so you shouldn’t have any problem getting some.
That’s it! Have a great weekend and Happy Gardening.