Is bamboo the super prepper plant it is made out to be or a nightmarish menace?
At first glance many preppers may be drawn to bamboo for it’s multitude of uses and extremely quick grow time. But for those who have dealt with it know that it is an invasive plant that will quickly overgrow the area in which it was originally planted and can cause more of a headache than anything.
If you do choose to grow it, make sure to install a barrier like is pictured below. You dig a 3+ foot trench around the bamboo and place this strong and thick plastic around it to keep the roots from spreading out. Growing in a raised planter is another option.
If you have acres for it to run loose in, then go ahead and plant it. But for the average suburban backyard, avoid it unless you know what you are getting yourself into.
Benefits of bamboo:
- Some varieties can grow a foot a day and can be harvested as it grows.
- Extremely strong and entire civilizations have survived off of building bamboo houses. They even make motorcycle helmets out of this material and it passes safety guidelines.
- Bamboo can be eaten and is rich in nutrients.
- It can be made into fabrics and clothing. I even have a set of bamboo socks and bed sheets.
- Can be turned into weapons, hunting tools, or fishing poles.
- In a grid-down situation you may not be able to buy lumber and need to cut down trees for firewood or construction. A standard tree might take forty years before it’s ready to be chopped down, but bamboo could replenish itself in a matter of weeks.
- Bamboo can be made into roofing, furniture, flooring, musical instruments, fences, utensils, paper, and more.