Low tech plant supports

I wasted time running around (or rather bussing around, as I have parked my car due to high insurance/gas charges) to various homeowner and garden places looking for bamboo stakes for my delicious and high-yielding snow pea bushes.
Then a light went on over my head. Why not just cut down some of my too-many bamboo stalks and use them?
Done!
Embarrassing when it takes forever to think outside the box!
Persephone
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wrote:

I've started to use our bamboo as plant protectors for when I drag my hose around the garden. I stick them around a bed and the hose will slide along the. They are certainly better than the expensive and easily damageable plastic posts that I bought at the Home Despot. I bought rubber caps from the local hardware store to put on their tops, in case some one should fall on them. I've snapped a few by wrapping the hose around them but I haven't lost any plants because of the hose.
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wrote:

Heh heh......I'm glad I'm not the only one who *thought* those plastic thingies looked obeekaybee.
Charlie
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I read somewhere you can take 2- 12" terra cotta pots and turn the bottom one upside down, place the second on top right side up and stick a piece of rebar in the holes. Makes a perfect hose guide. I don't think the bamboo is strong enuf.
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Oh, I don't do any fancy corners or anything. I just want to keep the hose off the strawberries for the most part. Most of the major plants have cages on them (beans, peppers, tomatoes, zukes, ect.)
I could just use the rebar but the bamboo looks better. I save the rebar for spots in the fence where the "Hounds from Hell" used to regularly break-out. They are "Homies" at last.
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from Persephone contains these words:

I just use twiggy sticks , cut from felled trees in winter.
Janet.
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Persephone wrote:

I have far too many saplings growing in the woods near my garden, so I cut some of them for supports for delphiniums, etc. They look much nicer than the green plastic sticks.
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We've done some of that, but we found that something was boring little holes in the bamboo (and making sawdust).
I've read that the commercial bamboo is (a) very dry, and/or (b) treated with something.
I like the bamboo stakes, and we have a few that we kept for the garden, but especially for right near/inside the house, we didn't want to risk attracting critters which might cause more trouble if they started munching something besides the bamboo.
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