I figured out this idea mainly out of frustration, the basic story most of us have experienced is: You go out and buy a bunch of bamboo canes from your garden centre store and by the next season some of them have already molded and started rotting down!
This is not very sustainable and in turn ensures the consumer keeps coming back, the other thing to note (slightly deceptive too) is that these canes are sometimes painted or tinted a green colour, although it doesn’t say this on the packaging, I assumed this paint also served as a preservative / anti fungal coat to prevent rotting hence why I bought this in lots when I started Gardening before discovering Permaculture …. but no, it’s just colour to look enticing, has no real value at all really.

Eco Plant Stakes

Smaller Re-Useable Bamboo Stake supporting a Broad Bean on a very windy Permaculture Garden

Anyway, first off you need a supply of bamboo, bamboo does need thinning out and it can be spotted from a distance so you should be able to see which of your neighbours have a batch and you can go ask them! If they or their gardener don’t thin out you can ask if you can do it for them and payment will be all the felled bamboo!
Another thing is you should definitely reserve a space in your garden for a bamboo mini plantation if you follow permaculture methods or at least, if you are a keen gardener, instructions as follows:

Step 1, Making Re-Useable Plant Stakes

Step #1: Get Bamboo Canes (to your own length requirements), Pliers and Wire Cutters

Eco Plant stakes

Step #2: Measure out your wire length based on the eventual thickness of the plant stem you wish to grow, attach the wire using the pliers as above

Eco Plant stakes

Step #3: Make the first bend in the wire, this will be the part of the enclosure where the stem will rest, make sure it is wide enough for the plant growth

Eco Friendly Plant Stakes

Step #4: Make the second bend as above

Eco Friendly Plant Stakes

Step# 5: Make the last bend as above (NOTE: try to bend the tip end of the wire away to ensure you don’t stab the plant stem when attaching the Stake / Cane)

Eco Friendly Plant Stakes

Step #6: Add more wire attachments further down the stem depending on your / plant requirements

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As you go along, you will see that you will get different shapes and end results as on the above two photos, as long as they work it really doesn’t matter!

Finally, all you do after sticking the stake in the ground, is bend open the wire attachments and twist the stake so the plant’s stem goes in, once you are happy simply bend the wire shut.

Benefits:

  • Re-using bamboo which probably would have ended up thrown away,
  • The bamboo was very fresh so probably won’t rot as quickly as store bought,
  • The wire attachments are permanently attached so there’s no cutting off and throwing away string, yarn etc. at the end of the season, it’s also a massive time saver (how much time do real veggie gardeners spend tying up tomatoes etc??)
  • Once the bamboo rots, simply cut it and keep the good parts where the wires are attached, now attach this part with wire to a fresh bamboo cane! ….
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Comments
  1. Dan says:

    That’s a great idea!

    Liked by 1 person

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