Showing posts with label Gardening DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening DIY. Show all posts

Best ways to keep squirrels away from strawberries and tomato fruit

Squirrels can cause a lot of damage in the garden, especially when it comes to fruiting plants such as tomatoes and strawberries.

So how can you keep squirrels away from the ripe fruit and berries?

Here are three tried and tested DIY methods that work every time. 

Garden net

Building a garden net is the best way to stop squirrels from stealing ripe tomatoes and strawberries.

Here is what we did last summer to keep the squirrels away.


Fruit shopping bags

The fruit-netted shopping bags work wonders when it comes to preventing the squirrels from getting to fruit and berries.

Check out the fruit cage for sale.

You can also use the Ziploc bags and Covid19 kit bags.

Put the bunch of new fruit inside a bag or the bag over the pot and seal it off.

Here is a photo of how we used the fruit-netted shopping bags.

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Netted shopping bag keeping Squirrels away from ripe strawberries

Bamboo wind chime (natural squirrel repellant)

A bamboo wind chime makes beautiful musical sounds in the rustle of the wind. Place the wind chime close to where the plants are fruiting.

The sounds and gentle movement of the bamboo wind chime are natural squirrel repellants.

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Bamboo wind chime on tomato frame to deter squirrels

Squirrel deterrent spikes

Tomato plants and strawberries grown in pots are very easy to protect with a few bamboo skewers.

Place the skewers with the pointed edge facing upwards to stop squirrels in their tracks.

The bamboo spikes are good squirrel deterrents. 

They will leave the ripe tomatoes alone.

Other squirrel deterrents

There are possibly many ways to deter rodent from tomatoes, strawberries, carrots and other fruit, berries and veggies.

The three are tried and tested methods that work every time.

Let us know if you have an effective way to keep squirrels away from tomatoes and strawberries

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. 

Get the Tomato Grow Bags from the UK suppliers

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.

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.


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.



How to make bamboo privacy fence from bamboo rolls

Bamboo rolls are quick to set up. They come in various lengths, are durable and can last up to 10 years, even more

bamboo fence screening panels - bamboo fence rolls


Build a bamboo privacy fence

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 fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres with variable widths and lengths. Ask at your local DIY shop if you need extended length.

You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop. 

In addition, paint the rolls with stains or fence paints. 
The bamboo privacy screen can last up to 10 years, even more. 
Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. 

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

How to use bamboo fencing rolls

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

The best bamboo screening privacy panels (including the rolls and splits) must meet the 7 checkpoints discussed in this article. 

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.

Addition info

If you have a bamboo grove in the garden, you can make a DIY bamboo fence and save money.

10 Bamboo DIY projects with pictures and videos

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator

Do you have thick bamboo canes? You can build a nice Bamboo Seed Propagator and grow your plants from seed in it.

Here is a quick guide to building one.

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator

Make seed propagator with lids

Seeds tend to germinate well in conditions where the soil is moist and nutrient-rich and the soil temperature is above 10 degrees Celcius. 

The Royal Horticultural  Society (RHS) has a detailed guide for sowing seeds here, RHS Germination Guide, PDF

The lids act as a greenhouse to maintain the temperature and humidity in the bamboo seed pots and trays. This encourages the seed to germinate. 

You can take the lids off when the germinating seeds reach a certain height and transplant them. 

Always put the lid back so that any seeds that remain will have to chance to grow.

DIY bamboo projects - hanging wall planters

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator


Wall planters are ideal for putting colours to a dull wall. 

Many of the metal wall planters are great but are also expensive. 

If you want to try a DIY wall hanging plant, making hanging wall planters an ideal option. 

There are two types of hanging wall planters that you can make: 
  • Vertical wall planters and
  • Horizontal wall planters
Take a look at the materials and steps for making the bamboo hanging wall planters

Bamboo art and craft ideas

The video shows how we used bamboo sticks to make a mini raft - see how it goes down the river.


5 bamboo art and craft ideas - storage boxes

Bamboo canes are not only strong material, some have hollow chambers that you can cut out to make simple storage.
Other bamboo plants also have a thick interior which can be carved out to produce cups, storage boxes, and tubes and do 'arty and crafty' things.

DIY bamboo storage box, tube and cup

DIY Bamboo storage box, tube and mug

Bamboos are extremely hollow in the middle, slim and long. 

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

The cup-like tubes are also best for storing secret documents, paintings and important documents. 

Storage boxes you can make out of bamboo

  • Pencil storage box
  • Water cups or mugs
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste storage.
  • Secret storage box or tube.

Take a look at how to make 5 bamboo storage ideas for the household items that you should know. 

They are incredibly easy to make!

Bamboo garden uses

Bamboo has been used in many gardening hacks, too. Here is a video of how we use bamboo as one of the materials for this box.

10 Bamboo DIY projects with pictures and videos

How to build a square garden trellis panel from wood and bamboo sticks

Build a nice square bamboo and wood trellis for your garden plants. First, build a square or rectangular frame. Then, use the bamboo sticks as support for the plants to crawl up them.

This can be an easy and rewarding garden project. Your creepy crawly plants will love it.

Garden trellis panels UK A square trellis provides good support for creeper plants.

Square wood and bamboo trellis for plants


The square trellis is not only a multi-purpose trellis but makes a nice centrepiece for the garden. 

You can grow flowers, soft fruit, vines and vegetables such as cucumbers to grapes and passion fruit. 

To build a 4m x 4m square trellis with two opened ends and three closed ends, you’ll need 35 small bamboo sticks and 4 treated posts. 
You'll also need hand tools. Here is the material breakdown:
  • 4 treated posts 4m in length,
  • 8 sticks on each side (x2 panels),
  • 8 for the top panel,
  • 10 sticks for strengthening the sides and top panels, and
  • 1 extra.
And, here are the quick steps to guide you when building the trellis.
  • Firstly, use the first lot of 8 sticks to build the first panel.
  • Secondly, repeat the 3 steps to build the other - you should have three 4m x 4m trellis panels.
  • Thirdly, dig the soil and lay the 4 treated posts at each corner.
  • Next, tie the three panels to the posts.
  • Then, strengthen the trellis by tying bamboo sticks across the frame (or diagonally along it)
  • Finally, your square trellis is ready.
The square trellis is a stunner – a great garden centrepiece. 

The treated posts give this trellis longevity. It can last for up to 10 years or more. 

After that, you can replace the bamboo trellis panels and give them a new look. Your plants are going to love it.

Garden trellis ideas with pictures

Take a look at these garden trellis with pictures and bamboo tomato trellis to get inspiration for your next project. 

Check out this video on how to build a tomato bamboo trellis.

10 Bamboo DIY projects with pictures and videos

We hope this article inspires you to create a beautiful bamboo trellis for plants in the garden.

Let us know what you think about this project or tell us about your latest project. 

We would love to hear from you. Follow G.B.P. on YouTube. 

How to Build a Bamboo Wall Trellis with Picture

Garden trellis panels and frames are ideal for vines and creepers. 

You can build a bamboo trellis in any shape using bamboo. The sticks are strong and bendable

Here are some ideas for a DIY garden trellis.

What you will need

You will need a pair of secateurs or garden loppers, a handsaw, garden ropes, cable ties and bamboo sticks. 

If you do not grow the running or clumping bamboos, you can purchase the sticks from a DIY shop or source them online. 
arch wall trellis with pictures
Bamboo wall trellis picture illustration

Making an arch wall trellis using Fishpole Bamboo


An arch trellis is ideal for narrow walls and small gardens. 

Small creeper plants will also love the slender-slim bamboo trellis. 
To make it, you will need two tall bamboo sticks and plenty of short ones, a pair of secateurs and garden ropes or small cable ties.
  • Firstly, tie the tips of the two sticks together.
  • Secondly, bend the sticks to form an arch shape. (You can adjust the length and width to your liking).
  • Then, tie the short bamboo sticks horizontally and vertically – the closer the better. (You can also do this diagonally).
  • Finally cut off any uneven edges sticking out.
That’s it. Your slim-arch trellis is ready to use!

Garden trellis ideas with pictures

Take a look at these garden trellis with pictures and bamboo tomato trellis to get inspiration for your next project. 

Check out this video on how to build a tomato bamboo trellis.

We hope this article inspires you to create a beautiful bamboo trellis for plants in the garden.

Let us know what you think about this project or tell us about your latest project. 

We would love to hear from you. Follow G.B.P. on YouTube.

How to build an A-Framed Trellis for Runner Beans with Pictures

  Building an A-Framed Garden Trellis for Runner Beans is the best thing you can do. 

There are many sticks to use for this project, yet the bamboo sticks are ideal as they are slim, tough and durable.

You can use the bamboo A-frame trellis without having to dismantle it.

Garden trellis for runner beans (L) Making A-frame trellis for runner beans, (R) new runner beans climbing up (Garden Pictures)

A-framed trellis panels

The A-Framed Garden Trellis is best for runner beans and other creeper plants that needed support. 

You have the option to build two trellis panels assemble them or build the A-framed structure in the garden. 

For a 4m x 4m A-framed trellis, you’ll need 21 bamboo sticks. 

 To build it, follow these steps:
  • Firstly, stake 6 sticks on each side to form an A-shape. (The best way to start is to make the front, middle and back As – we call them the 3As)
  • Secondly, tie long bamboo across the top of the 3As. (This is the length of the A-framed trellis panel).
  • Thirdly, put the other bamboo stick in between the spaces and tie them together. You will have to space them apart according to the number of plants you want to grow.
  • Then, tie 3 or 4 bamboo across (or diagonally) to strengthen the trellis panel.
  • Finally, your A-framed bamboo trellis is ready.
Your runner beans are going to adore the A-framed trellis.
Note that if you are going to build a trellis for planting the runner beans, you may have to stake them 20cm to 30cm apart. That means that you will need additional sticks, where necessary.

Garden trellis ideas with pictures

Take a look at these garden trellis with pictures and bamboo tomato trellis to get inspiration for your next project. 

Check out this video on how to build a tomato bamboo trellis.

We hope this article inspires you to create a beautiful bamboo trellis for plants in the garden.

Let us know what you think about this project or tell us about your latest project. 

We would love to hear from you. Follow G.B.P. on YouTube. 

10 Bamboo DIY projects with pictures and videos

How to build a sweet pea garden frame trellis using bamboo sticks with pictures

Sweet peas are adorable plants with stunning (sweet-scented) flowers. They will definitely love the support to grow well. 

Build frames of bamboo poles and trellis for them.

Bamboo Garden Trellis Panels Bamboo pot trellis: (L) Sweet pea in full summer bloom and (R) the sweet pea and trellis support in winter.

Sweet pea garden trellis

Sweet peas love the pyramid-like trellis with three sides. 

If you are growing them in a large pot or in the garden, you should build this trellis. 

It looks more or less like a wigwam, but the better because the bamboo sticks will cross-cross close together to form an adorable pattern. 

The sweet pea garden trellis will have 3 side panels, when combined they'll form a pyramidal structure. 

That means that you will have to make three separate trellis panels and put them together.
As a side note, you can build more than three panels (in this case they'll be squares) and put them together, side-by-side.
You will need bamboo sticks, garden ropes, cable ties, a handsaw and a pair of secateurs.

Here is how to build a sweet pea trellis frame

  • Firstly, cut 6 lots of bamboos in equal lengths of 4m. (These bamboos will form the sides of the trellis panels).
  • Secondly, you’ll make three trellis bamboo panels, use 2 bamboos you cut earlier and tie some small bamboo sticks in a triangular shape.
  • Thirdly, repeat the same step until you’ve made 3 triangular trellis panels.
  • Then, use cable ties or garden ropes to tie the 3 trellis panels together to form a pyramid structure.
  • Finally, cut out the uneven edges and tidy them up.
That’s it, your Sweet Pea Garden Trellis is ready to use. Grow the sweet pea seeds or of the new plant underneath and around the trellis. They will look lovely!

Garden trellis ideas with pictures

Take a look at these garden trellis with pictures (including the bamboo tomato trellis and sweet pea bamboo cane frame) to get inspiration for your next project. 

We hope this article inspires you to create a beautiful bamboo trellis for plants in the garden.

Let us know what you think about this project or tell us about your latest project. 

We would love to hear from you. Follow G.B.P. on YouTube. 

Why you should wear heavy-duty gardening gloves when working in the bamboo garden?

The best thing to do is to wear heavy-duty gardening gloves and boots when working in the bamboo garden. Tidying up your bamboo garden is a great way to monitor the growth of the plants. 

The bamboo care and maintenance jobs you do will keep your bamboo in good shape. But bamboo splinters and cutting edges are sharp with the potential to cause nasty cuts. 

We need to protect ourselves when working with bamboos. Let’s take a look at the common hazards to look out for.

heavy-duty gardening gloves and boots

 

Why wear heavy-duty gardening gloves?

Bamboos are biodegradable. They’ll break down within a couple of years. 

But fresh bamboo splinters can inflict cuts to the body, which can lead to serious infections. Wearing gloves is the best way to protect you from bacterial infections.

Recommended product: Heavy-duty and thorn-proof gardening gloves for ladies and men


Bamboo cuts may not be a major concern if they are washed, cleaned and treated immediately. 

The concern is that microorganisms in the garden can enter your body through cuts and cause serious infections. 

The important thing is to prevent cuts, scrapes or splinters by wearing gardening gloves.

Bamboo gardening hazards

New bamboo plants and established bamboo groves pose different risks. As mentioned, the main concern is to avoid cuts from bamboo splinters and strips.

Gardeners who have worked with bamboo will attest to the fact the bamboo splits are very sharp. Cuts are like paper cuts but deeper. 

The potential for infection is high. So, here are 5 hazards to look out for when working in the bamboo garden.

Splitting bamboo pot plants

Splitting bamboo before planting is the best way to get several plants out of a single purchase. 


Wear gardening gloves when splitting bamboo to protect yourself from the dirt.

Sharp bamboo strips

Bamboo strips are sharp due to the way the bamboo culms grow. Split bamboos tend to have a lacerated edge. Fortunately, many garden bamboo plants in the UK do not require splitting. They are mostly used as garden sticks for staking plants. But if you are working with split bamboos and bamboo splinters, always wear gloves for protection.

Bamboo edge cuttings

Remove the old bamboo culms neatly by cutting across the cross-section. This will prevent any sharp bits from sticking out at the base of the bamboo groves and causing injuries. Ominously, the base of the culms lasts longer than the other parts of the bamboo because they are strong. Any past cutting can cause nasty cuts to bare hands.

Bamboo splinters in garden soil

If you are using bamboo sticks in the past year, you are likely to find remains in the soil. You do not have to worry if you pulled all the bamboo sticks out neatly. However, be cautious that the remains of bamboo sticks in the soil can enter your fingers with great ease. So, look out for any bamboo remains in the garden soil if you used it recently. Wear heavy-duty garden gloves or thorn-proof gardening gloves when weeding and planting.

Pulling bamboos from the grove

Wear heavy-duty gardening gloves

Injuries to the hands can happen when pulling bamboos out of a grove. Bamboo branches spread and form a strong interconnecting network. 

It can be really hard to pull them out. 

If your grip on the bamboo slips and accidentally catches a sharp strip, it can be nasty. Cuts could be deep. 

Therefore, if you are going to cut a bamboo stick for garden plants or remove old culms, always wear a pair of heavy-duty gardening gloves to prevent bamboo cuts. 

If you want a pair of heavy-duty and thorn-proof gardening gloves, here's one you'll like:

Recommended product: Heavy-duty and thorn-proof gardening gloves for ladies and men

Conclusion

Cuts and scrapes caused by bamboo splinters and strips can get infected very quickly. 

Wearing gloves is the best way to protect you from bacterial infections regardless of how old you are. Protection is better than cure. Comment and let us know what you think. 

You can also follow us on YouTube and see our latest work in the Bamboo Garden.

How to build outdoor raised garden bed planter box

This article provides the steps for making a garden pallet planter box without using nails. You can re-use the materials you have in the garden for this project. 

The steps are easy to follow. What's more, use the video guide to build your own. 

DIY outdoor raised garden bed planter box

You can make a pallet planter box with some old pallet timbers, bamboo sticks and ropes. 

I build these types of boxes and use them successfully in small spaces. Hope this instruction gives you an idea about your planter box project.
DIY garden planter box

Materials for garden planter box

  • x12 pallet timbers or old weatherboards
  • x8 treated posts (or 4-inch by 2-inch timbers)
  • a packet of nails

Tools required

  • handsaw
  • hammer
  • shovel
  • road pin/crowbar
  • claw bar

DIY Outdor Planter Box project

The idea is to use bamboo sticks as pegs where the pallet timbers will slot in before tying them together. This will form the 4 sidewalls.
  • 1. What you need: x24 bamboo sticks, x12 pallet timbers, ropes, and a crowbar.
  • 2. Set dimension: The planter box is 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres all around, and the depth of the box is 0.4 metres.
  • 3. Build the first sidewall: Use the crowbar to punch x6 holes in the soil (2 holes opposite each other); put x6 bamboo sticks into the holes.
  • 4. Tie bamboo in pairs: Tie bamboo sticks/pegs in pairs with pallet timbers in between them– no need to use nails.
  • 5. Build the other sides: use the same idea to build x4 sides.
  • 6. Tie the corners: Each corner will now have 4 bamboos, use the ropes to tie all the 4 bamboos, at the corners, together.
  • 7. Planting: Finally, add soil. Your planter is ready.

DIY ideas for small garden box planter - no nails

There are many ways to build raised planter boxes. It also depends on the materials and tools you have at home. 

However, it is important to learn some simple techniques and best practices. 

One of the best things that I’ve learnt over time is to use bamboo sticks in pairs as pegs to build the sides. Tie pair of bamboo sticks to hold the timbers together. 

The natural plant leaves are perfect rope alternatives for projects like this. There is no need to use nails, cable ties, or other plastic ropes in the garden.

Cordyline australis leaves garden rope alternative

use of cordyline australis plant leaves

One of the plants that grow in the UK – the Cordyline plants – is the practical alternative for garden ropes and nylon ropes. 

I’ve used the leaves to tie tomatoes, flowers, bamboo and many other plants in the garden.

Take a look at the different varieties of Cordyline australis available at Gardening Direct UK.

In this project, I used its dry leaves to tie the bamboo pegs that held the pallet timbers. The leaves are strong ropes. 

They can last for more than 24 months, similar to eco-garden tie-ropes. In fact, they are a great alternative for nails and other garden ropes. 

The dry leaves from the Cordyline plants may not be ideal for permanent projects. Yet, they are perfect for tying plants in spring and temporary projects, like the DIY outdoor planter box. They can last the whole summer.

See this tomato plants hoop frame where I used strips of the Cordyline leaves as ropes as an alternative to nylon ropes. 


If you want to use a natural (biodegradable) rope, use the Cordyline leaves. Here is where you can get the plants online in the UK.

Challenges of working with pallet timbers

Working with wooden pallet timbers is challenging because the jawed nails are hard to remove. Sometimes, you can damage the timbers. 

To avoid that, Use the right tools to remove the nails and prepare the pallet timbers. A wrecking bar with a chisel end is a perfect hand tool for removing nails without destroying the timbers. 

I hope this article about DIY Outdoor Planter Box inspires you to build yours. If you want more ideas for small gardens, check out my DIY bamboo garden projects.

How to make large wooden planter box

In this article, you'll find out how to re-use pallet timbers and build large planter boxes for the garden, patio or any outside space. 

The idea is simple, yet it works every time. You’ll need pallet timbers to make a garden planter box like the one in the video.

Steps for making Large Planter Box

There are many ways to build large planter boxes. In some garden DIY projects, you may use the whole pallet, whereas others require removing the nails prior to using the timbers. 

The best tool for removing nails from pallets without spoiling the timbers is a claw bar. (See the list of tools and material you'll need for this project at the end of this article.)
  • 1. Collect the materials you’ll need for the project.
  • 2. Set the dimensions (L, W & D). 
  • 3. Cut the corner posts and timbers to length. 
  • 4. Dig x4 holes big enough for two posts on each corner. 
  • 5. Build the 4 corners. Put two treated posts at the right angle to each other at each corner. Nail them together. 
  • 6. Build the sides of the planter box. Use a hammer to nail the pallet timbers to the corner posts. You can use 2, 3 or 4 pallet timbers – this will set the depth (D) of the planter box. 
  • 7. Fill the large planter box with garden soil or compost. That’s it!
Your brand-new large planter box for the garden is ready. 

Best technique for DIY Garden Planter Boxes

This is a little-known secret used in many planter boxes and DIY projects. It is called the ‘right-angled’ boxed technique. 

The idea is about putting two timbers at a right-angle (90 degrees) to each other, where you can build the sidewalls of the box as shown in the image. 

It is an effective technique for building strong boxes, raised beds, fences or any garden projects with corners.

how to build a wooden planter box for garden Each corner with x2 posts at a right angle (90 degrees)

Make large planter boxes using a DIY technique

Using the right-angle technique is ideal for large planter boxes and raised beds. It makes the sides strong and stable. You can use the garden boxes for a long time. 

We use the technique to build these two garden boxes. 

In fact, we have been using the garden planter box on the right for over 6 years. And this year, we re-use the same pallet timbers to make the new planter box shown in the images above.

That's how long planter boxes like these last in the garden. 

how to make large planter wooden box for outside Small Planter Pox, elevated (L) and Raised Garden Box (R)

To make the Small Planter Box for the patio, you’ll need pallet timbers, nails and a hammer.
  • Firstly, build 4 stands for each corner. (Use 8 pallet timbers to make the stand for the corners by applying the right-angle technique mentioned earlier)
  • After that, hammer in the side timber, starting from the top. (Nail in 2, 3 or 4 pallet timbers on each side, leaving 5 – 10 cm space at the bottom.)
  • Then, complete the other sides.
  • Fill the Small Planter Box for the patio with soil.
That’s it! Your new garden planter box for the patio is ready for planting.

Make Raised Garden Box for outside

You can use the same idea to build the raised garden box, which is much simpler than the elevated patio box because its bottom simply rests on the ground. And, requires less work. 

You only have to build the x4 corners (using the right-angle technique) and the sides. 

Working with wooden pallet timbers is challenging. It is difficult to remove the timbers from the jawed nails. 

A wrecking claw bar with a chisel is a perfect hand tool for removing nails without destroying the timbers.

Simple garden DIY ideas that work

In many cases, you do not have to spend money to build new garden boxes and raised beds. You can re-use what you have to create something that you want. 

Learning to use gardening techniques like these can help you build strong planter boxes and raised garden beds. They can be adapted to other wooden garden projects too. 

We shared two skills that DIY gardeners will find useful: the Right-angled technique and bamboo pegging. We’ve used it in many projects. They are simple ideas but work every time. 

Get more ideas about the Home and Garden DIY projects via the links.

Materials for garden box

  • x12 pallet timbers or old weatherboards
  • x8 treated posts (or 4-inch by 2-inch timbers)
  • a packet of nails

Tools required

  • handsaw
  • hammer
  • shovel
  • road pin/crowbar
  • claw bar