It's tricky to recommend that people grow bamboo. As you know, it can be a very real, very permanent, nuisance - to say the least.
My father however, lives on several acres with the motivation and time to tend to his large bamboo stand. We eat the shoots, fabricate (for fun, really) items like brooms and utensils from it, shred it for mulch, and have LOTS available for other garden uses like trellis-making. Here, I'm tying off the top of a bamboo trellis where a Chinese medicinal herb climbs.
(Refer back to posts from April 2017 to learn more about how we prepare bamboo shoots for eating, and how we preserve bamboo)
I'm Wendy Kiang-Spray, gardener, home cook, and author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden. Learn more about the book here. Enjoy the blog and be sure to like The Chinese Kitchen Garden Facebook page for notifications when there are new posts.