Showing posts with label Bamboo DIY Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bamboo DIY Projects. Show all posts

How to make tomato plants produce more fruit?

Want to know the best way to make tomato plants produce more fruit? There is no hidden secret but to encourage the plant to produce more flowers - the more flowers, the more tomato fruit. 

This video shows how we build a bamboo frame for the tomato plants and encourage more flowers. 

How to make tomato plants produce more fruit?

Many factors affect the growth and fruiting of tomato plants. The common factors include soil, temperature, water and weather. 

Come factor we can control, others are natural and we are dependent on them to give us good harvests.

As far as the much-loved tomato plants are concerned, growers need to provide the best condition for the to give more fruit. And, leave the rest to nature to do its bit. 

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Prune tomato plants for more fruit

You can prune tomato plants to produce more fruit. 

Remove the early leaves to channel the energy into the main plant to produce more flowers and more fruit. 

Also, remove the tips so that the tomato plant does not grow too tall, or too short.

Yet, for tomato plants to produce more fruit they must have lots of flowers. And the flowers must be successfully pollinated, either manually or by bees.

How tall can you let tomato plants grow?

But, how can you get the balance between pruning and the height of the tomato plant so that they produce lots of fruit in summer?

It is important to gardeners that more flowers means more fruit. 

Tomato plants flower at different stages. That means that they fruit at different stages, too.

So, if you want more fruit, you'll have to let the tomato flower at 3 or 4 different stages which means that you'll have tall plants that need support.

Build a strong bamboo frame using bamboo sticks to support the tall tomato plants. [SEE VIDEOS]

So, grow your tomato plants early in summer in nutrient-rich soil, grow bags and pots.

Encourage more flowers by not snipping the tips off early. Get the balance between prunning, watering and staking right.

That way, your tomato plants will produce more fruit.

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Grow bamboo in pots and containers, effective root barriers

Pots and containers are perfect bamboo root barriers. They are often the preferred medium for growing bamboos for small spaces and hedging screens

Best of all, once you’ve planted bamboo in the pots and containers they’ll grow for years without having to worry about the bamboo invading other spaces. 
Note that bamboo plants do not like waterlogged and dry soils. Choose heavy-duty pots and containers that have well-drained bottoms.


The underground parts of bamboos such as the rhizomes, base buds and roots will quickly occupy the spaces in the containers. 

These are the common shortfalls of growing bamboos in pots and containers, but they are the best solutions for growing the running bamboos for privacy screens, garden hedging and for small outdoor spaces. 

You can still grow bamboo in pots and containers and enjoy them. So, ensure the soil remains well-aerated, moist and well-drained. This will keep the bamboo happy, and they’ll thrive for many years. 

Here are practical tips based on our experiences over the years and provide practical solutions to many problems bamboo growers face when planting bamboo in contained spaces.

5 Ways to Create Bamboo Root Barriers

Bamboo root barriers are vital for containing invasive bamboo plants. 

We present 5 methods for stopping invasive bamboo plants so that you can choose what is best for you.

Where to buy root barriers for bamboo in the UK?

We would recommend using the tough plastic bamboo root barrier when planting the running bamboo plants. 

Also, it is a good practice to use root barriers when planting the Giant Timber Bamboo Plants and Phyllostachys varieties.

Here is a list of renowned UK retailers where you can get the recommended root barriers and bamboo care and maintenance accessories from.

Use contained built structures as root barriers

Areas such as near the boundary wall, driveway enclosures, or a backfilled area are perfect for planting bamboo for hedging and privacy screening. 

These building structures are already formidable barriers you do not have to create a new one.

Here are 5 ideas for building bamboo root barriers:

bamboo root barriers UK
Natural root barriers for bamboo plants

One top tip though is to ensure that the soil is not too compacted, especially in the new building sites. 

Bamboo plants do not like compacted soil or soil that is high in pH.

In such cases, prepare the area well by adding compost or loam soil before planting the running bamboo.

Where to buy root barriers for bamboo in the UK?

We would recommend using the tough plastic bamboo root barrier when planting the running bamboo plants. 

Also, it is a good practice to use root barriers when planting the Giant Timber Bamboo Plants and Phyllostachys varieties.

Here is a list of renowned UK retailers where you can get the recommended root barriers and bamboo care and maintenance accessories from.

 

Why it is important to put in bamboo root barrier before growing bamboo?

Maintaining bamboo plants is surely hard work. The intricate overlay of the rhizome and root network makes it difficult to dig, pull and remove the bamboos. 

You’ll have to do it bit by bit until you remove the whole lot or use a machine or additional help. 

It is vital to put in place a root barrier before planting bamboo in the garden, especially if you are growing the running bamboo near the boundary, driveways or close to the house. 

All in all, bamboo root barriers are vital for containing the invasive running bamboo and large clumping bamboos. 

The 5 formidable ways of building the bamboo root barriers will help you to contain the bamboo from spreading in the garden. 

Always put in the root barrier before planting your bamboo. 

Leave a comment and let us know about your personal experiences and what you think about bamboo and bamboo root/rhizome barriers. 

Build raised beds bamboo root barriers

Building raised beds as bamboo root barriers is a common method for stopping bamboo plants from spreading. 

Bamboo roots, rhizomes and base buds do not grow deep into the soil. They form an intricate root network that is often tough, compacted and solid. 

Raised beds are an effective way to elevate the rooting layer and spot the rhizomes (especially in running bamboos) as they spread and trim them. 

how to build a raised bed for bamboo plants
Picture Credit: Walnut Kitchen Garden

For clumping bamboos, raised beds are perfect because they enable you to see the new base buds, nodes and culms which make it easy to thin the bamboo when they expand out of the beds. 

Building raised beds does not have to cost a lot of money. 

You can use the solid materials that you already have such as patio slabs, rocks, bricks, treated timber or any solid material you find in the shed.

Not often do the roots of the common bamboo cultivars in the UK penetrate the soil deeper than half a metre. 

So, a raised bed elevated at 50cm could be just enough to act as a barrier for growing both the running bamboo as well as the clumping bamboo.

5 Ways to Create Bamboo Root Barriers

Bamboo root barriers are vital for containing invasive bamboo plants. 

We present 5 methods for stopping invasive bamboo plants so that you can choose what is best for you.

Where to buy root barriers for bamboo in the UK?

We would recommend using the tough plastic bamboo root barrier when planting the running bamboo plants. 

Also, it is a good practice to use root barriers when planting the Giant Timber Bamboo Plants and Phyllostachys varieties.

Here is a list of renowned UK retailers where you can get the recommended root barriers and bamboo care and maintenance accessories from.


Best way to grow running bamboo plants (plastic root barriers)

Bamboo root barriers are vital for containing invasive bamboo plants. This article presents 5 bamboo root barriers for stopping invasive bamboo plants so that you can choose what is best for you.
pickaxe for digging bamboo rhizomes Bamboo work is hard work without bamboo barriers.

Solid plastic bamboo root barriers

A solid plastic bamboo root barrier or narrow trench can stop the bamboo from spreading if you did not create a root barrier before planting the bamboo plants. 

Building a bamboo root barrier is probably the most common intervention if you have not put any root barrier in the first place when planting your bamboo. 

But what are the options for root barriers? 

Many DIY shops and online garden shops sell various root barriers. The best thing to do is to choose solid plastic sheets of bamboo root barriers. 

These barriers are flexible and bendable, tough and can last over 20 years. To lay the bamboo root barriers, firstly, dig a narrow trench 30cm to 50cm along or around the bamboo. 

This is the ideal depth because bamboo rhizomes are in fact horizontal stems and do not grow deep into the dirt like other plants with taproots do. 

Secondly, lay the tough plastic root barriers neatly into the trench with 10 cm to 15 cm layer above the ground level. 

The external layer will stop rhizomes from growing over the barrier as leaves and dirt build up over time. 

How to care for bamboo plants Top right picture shows a layer of bamboo barrier above the ground.

The bamboo root barriers can cost anything from £30 to £250 depending on how thick and strong the plastic barrier is. 
An alternative to the reinforced plastic root barriers is patio slabs. 

We use the patio slabs, they proved to be good barriers too. 

You may have to cover the gaps between the slabs properly as you lay them down because the rhizomes will still make their way through any tiny gaps in the slabs.

Where to buy root barriers for bamboo in the UK?

We would recommend using the tough plastic bamboo root barrier when planting the running bamboo plants. 

Also, it is a good practice to use root barriers when planting the Giant Timber Bamboo Plants and Phyllostachys varieties.

Here is a list of renowned UK retailers where you can get the recommended root barriers and bamboo care and maintenance accessories from.

Why it is important to put in bamboo root barrier before growing bamboo?

Maintaining bamboo plants is surely hard work. The intricate overlay of the rhizome and root network makes it difficult to dig, pull and remove the bamboos. 

You’ll have to do it bit by bit until you remove the whole lot or use a machine or additional help. 

It is vital to put in place a root barrier before planting bamboo in the garden, especially if you are growing the running bamboo near the boundary, driveways or close to the house. 

All in all, bamboo root barriers are vital for containing the invasive running bamboo and large clumping bamboos. 

The 5 formidable ways of building the bamboo root barriers will help you to contain the bamboo from spreading in the garden. 

Always put in the root barrier before planting your bamboo. 

Leave a comment and let us know about your personal experiences and what you think about bamboo and bamboo root/rhizome barriers.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

The bamboo fencing rolls provide quick covers from unsightly structures and give the outdoor spaces a natural appearance. It is easy to set up. 

In this article, you'll find out how to build an ideal windbreak or privacy screen using bamboo fence rolls.  

Buy tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

bamboo fence roll UK

Tools and materials

Here are 10 tools and materials you'll need to put up the bamboo fencing rolls. Tools: (Check out Bamboo Digging and Cutting Tools)
  1. Shovel
  2. Hammer
  3. Handsaw
  4. Secateurs
  5. Tape measure
Materials:
  1. Nails
  2. Cement
  3. Cable tie/wire
  4. Round treated posts
  5. Bamboo stains/Fence paints. Get them at B&Q DIY
  6. Bamboo fence screening panels/bamboo fencing rolls. Get them at Crocus UK

Build strong a bamboo fencing

The bamboo screening panels and rolls are beautiful products, they attach easily to existing fences. 

The screens are also strong enough to use as standalone fences. 

Use a few supporting 2 x 1 round posts at intervals to build the frame for the bamboo fences. 

The bamboo screen rolls range from 1 metre to 4 metres high with variable widths. 

It's up to you to cut the bamboo rolls to fit sections of the fence.
When cutting the bamboo rolls, be careful not to destroy the wire loop. In addition, paint the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints
As mentioned earlier, a bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more, if it is well protected from the elements. 

Many bamboo fence screening customers prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls for fences that are 3 metres to 6 metres tall.

Check out How to Build Bamboo Fence like a Pro for quick tips.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

There are two common ways to set up bamboo privacy fencing, either attach them to an existing fence or as a standalone structure. 

In brief, an ideal bamboo fence screening should
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather;
  • cover the designated area or cut to fit perfectly;
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer; and
  • have strong structural support.

How to set up a bamboo fence like a pro

Putting up a bamboo fencing roll as a windbreak or for privacy screening can bring the best out of small areas. They are quick to set up and provide the instant cover you need. 

It can cost £150 - £180 to get it done for you. Find out how to do it yourself. 

Use bamboo rolls to build fence screening

Here are steps for building a standalone bamboo screen or attaching bamboo rolls to fences and existing structures.
  1. Measure the length and width of the designated privacy screening area (Take note of bends or any adjustments).
  2. Order bamboo fencing panels and treated posts (according to how many you’ll need from your measurement in Step 1)
  3. Dig the soil and set the posts in place (You may have to cement the posts to provide additional strength).
  4. Build a strong frame connecting the treated posts.
  5. Cut to length and width of the screening area (Some DIYers prefer to cut the bamboo splits after the bamboo splits are in place).
  6. Tie the bamboo rolls with cable ties or wires to the mainframe (in Step 4)
  7. Tidy the edges of the bamboo fence screening rolls and clear up.
bamboo fence rolls screen

Use treated posts with bamboo fencing rolls

Ideally, the round-treated posts tend to match the roundness of the bamboo stick, unless the bamboo screens are splits. 

Use a strong post that you think will go well with the bamboo panels. 

Choosing a good fence post is important for building a new standalone privacy screen. 

For a strong support system, the posts should not be too close or further apart - too close and you’ll need more posts, further apart and the structure will wobble. 
An interval of 1 metre or 1.5 metres between the pillar posts is ideal.

Select the best bamboo fence roll 

The bamboo fencing screen is quick to set up and lasts longer. 

The bamboo fencing rolls, splits and splits are great products for fencing screens. 

 The main problems with these products are mould and rusty weather. 

These problems are easily avoided when you do a good check of the bamboo fencing products prior to buying them.

Bamboo Screen Fence Ideas and Checks

Bamboo canes and strips are great fencing materials because they are durable and naturally resistant to the elements. 

They come in different lengths and heights, suitable for any fencing requirement. 

But, bamboo fencing rolls needed to be checked thoroughly before setting up. 

In this article, we take a look at ideas and checks you should do when using bamboo for screen fencing.
These quality checks will help you to avoid any disappointments after setting up.
bamboo fence screening panels
 

How to set up a bamboo fence

There are two common ways to set up a bamboo fence, either attach them to an existing fence or build a standalone fence. 

An ideal bamboo fencing panels, bamboo fencinge rolls and splits should
  • cover the designated area;
  • be easy to cut to fit perfectly;
  • have strong structural support;
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather; and
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer.

Buy 6ft/2m tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

Bamboo fence ideas and checks

The 7 DIY checks you should do before building a bamboo fence will help you build a stunning bamboo fence.

1) Dimensions of the bamboo fence

Find out both the width and the height of the bamboo screening product. 

Some retailers either only state the width or the height of the bamboo panel. 

Make sure that your know both the width and the height prior to buying the bamboo screen that can fit perfectly.

2) How is the bamboo delivered to you?

The bamboo fencing materials often gather dust and absorb moisture during storage. 

Moulds and rust can form very quickly when the bamboo screening supplies are stored longer in cool dark places. 

So always ensure that the products are delivered to you well packed and free of dust and moisture. 

Alternatively, pay a visit to your nearest DIY shop and check out the materials before purchasing.

3) Is the bamboo fence treated?

The untreated bamboo fence panels will blacken when expose to the weather. 

Also, the uncoated wires will also rust in time. 
The best thing to do is to ensure that the bamboo screening panels are treated, and panel wires are coated to protect the bamboo rolls. 
If treated well, these items can last up to 10 years, even longer. 

It is up to the shops to ensure that the brand-new bamboo screens are treated. 

But a clever customer should always ask about the quality of the bamboo screens before buying them.

4) Read the fencing instructions thoroughly

The bamboo fences are easy to put up but can be tricky to start with. 

You do not want to put it up and realise later that the fence is not standing up properly. 

 Read the instruction carefully before setting the bamboo screening panel.

5) Build 6ft/2m bamboo fencing to withstand the wind

Many bamboo fences are lightweight. They will collapse in strong winds if they are not set up correctly or in a windy site. To avoid that, set up the bamboo screens using strong posts.

6) Protect against weather and elements

Tall bamboo fencing, especially those built out of bamboo rolls, panels and spits, are susceptible to damp and wet conditions. 

The bamboo panels will eventually turn black or the wire rust when exposed to the elements. 

If this happens, repaint the fence with wood paints or bamboo stain.

7) Use stable lost posts as a support system

Bamboo rolls, panels and splits will require a firm support system. 

For a new standalone privacy screen, use treated (round) log posts to provide support and additional strength.

An updated version of this post is available here (How to use bamboo panels to build fence screening)

How to build a strong bamboo fencing

The bamboo fences and rolls are beautiful products. 

You can attach easily to existing fences, or use them as standalone fences with a few 2 x 1 round posts at intervals. 

The bamboo fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres in length with variable heights. 

The 2 m (6ft) bamboo fencing rolls are ideal for tall fences. 

You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. 

Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop. 

Also, painted the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints. 

As mentioned earlier, the bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more. 

Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. 

This is because they are well-spaced apart and provide great fence covers.

Bamboo fencing checks

In closure, ensure that the bamboo fencing materials are in good condition, well treated and can provide the privacy screening you want. 

Always, do the checks prior to buying the fencing materials online or check in-store. 

Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and garden

Find out about the uses of bamboo sticks

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10 Bamboo DIY Ideas with Pictures

In this series on 'how to use bamboo,' we put together a fantastic collection of ideas and tips to help you make use of bamboo plants in your garden. 

Each link takes you to the page with detailed intructions with pictures to help you build your own or give you an idea about how to make yours.

10 bamboo hacks with pictures


Bamboos are not only stunning garden plants, but they are also eco-friendly materials. 

You can use you can in many home and garden DIY projects. 


Bamboo storage DIY hacks

The cylindrical shape and hollow chamber along the bamboo stems make it easy to create simple DIY storage for homes and gardens.

Bamboos are tolerant to infestation and weather elements. They are also sustainable materials.

Bamboo canes (sticks) have been used in gardening hacks and DIY projects. These 10 ideas will help you as you try out these creative ideas. 
Leave a comment and let us know about your project.

Bamboo Bathroom Storage Hacks

In this Bamboo Bathroom Storage Hacks, you'll find out how to make a bamboo storage for toothpaste and toothbrish, and bamboo storage tube for storing important documents.

DIY bamboo bathroom storage

A bamboo toothpaste and toothbrush storage tube is a fantastic little product to keep in the bathroom. 

It does not take too much space. 

You can also hang it up on the wall or place it anywhere near the sink for convenience.
  • Firstly, cut the bamboo to length leaving a node to act as the base-stopper.  It can either be a straight cut or diagonal cut, but it needs to be 1 cm to 2 cm shorter than the length of your toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Secondly, give the newly cut bamboo a good sanding all over. Apply heat if you want it to be nice and shiny brown.
  • Then, drill a small hole underneath the bamboo bathroom storage so that water can drain out.
  • Finally, your new DIY bamboo toothpaste and toothbrush storage are ready to use!

Bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste storage - DIY bamboo

 

How to make a Secret bamboo storage box or tube

You will need to make both the tube and its top seal.
  • Firstly, select a bamboo cane with a long intersection ( or internode).
  • Secondly, use a handsaw or hacksaw to cut the bamboo into a tube with one side close (node intact) and the other node completely cut out.
  • Then, use fine sandpaper to smoothen the rough edges.
  • The secret bamboo storage tube is done.
Next, you need to make the top seal. You'll need a slightly small bamboo that can fit into the tube you made above.
  • Cut out one side with the node intact.
  • Give it a good sanding and make it fit into the bamboo tube you cut previously.
  • Trim out the edges and tidy it up.
  • Finally, the secret bamboo storage box or tube should be complete with its top seal in place.

Bamboo garden DIY Hacks

Check out this video and our YouTube channel for garden DIY Hacks using bamboo canes.


How to make bamboo cups and pencil storage from bamboo canes

Bamboo canes are fantasic materials to use in home and garden DIY projects. 

The canes are flexible, you can cut, bend and shape to your liking. 

They are used extensively in the Asia and South Pacific regions for many purposes, from cooking food to building materials and making fun arts and crafts products. 

The uses are limitless!
Take a look at how to make stationery storage and cups from the common bamboo plants.

Pencil bamboo storage box

The bamboo columns (internodes) are perfect for storing pencils, pens, highlighters and generally school stationeries and supplies. 

To make the bamboo storage, you need a handsaw, sandpaper/wood file, candle and a thick (dry) bamboo cane.
  • Firstly, cut the bamboo at an angle of 10 - 15cm from the node (angle-cut will make it easy to store and retrieve different lengths of pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, etc...).
  • Secondly, use fine sanding paper to smoothen the edges.
  • To give the storage box a brownish glow, hover it over the gentle candle heat.
  • Finally, give it a clean and your bamboo storage box is ready to use.
Apply light varnish or wood paint for a fine finishing touch.

bamboo storage box for pencil

Bamboo water cups

Bamboo internodes have been used as water storage in Asia and Pacific regions for many centuries.

Today, bamboo water bottles and bamboo cups are fantastic traditional products. 

It is natural and the water tastes better in it. 

If you have a large bamboo pole you can make several cups out of it.
  • Firstly, the steps are similar to the steps for making bamboo storage. But instead, you'll have to cut across the bamboo forming a cup shape.
  • Secondly, give the freshly cut bamboo a good sanding.
  • Then, rinse the bamboo cup in warm water and let it dry.
  • Finally, your new bamboo cup is ready to use.
You can apply decorations and candle heat to give it a nice brownish glow. 

Do not fill the cup with hot water because it is likely to crack. 

Why bamboo storage?

Bamboos stems, also called the internodes, are extremely hollow in the middle, slim and long. 

The internodes are best for storing pencils and pens, toothbrushes and slim many other similar everyday items. 

Bamboo tubes are also best for storing secret documents, paintings and important documents. 

Let's have a look at what bamboo storage boxes you can make. 

Here are 4 simple but stunning bamboo storage boxes and tubes you can make.
  • Water cups
  • Pencil bamboo storage box
  • Secret storage bamboo box or tube.
  • Bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste storage.

Bamboo garden DIY Hacks

Check out this video and our YouTube channel for garden DIY Hacks using bamboo canes.