The freshly cut bamboo sticks from the bamboo grove are easy to bend to shape. In fact, they are so flexible that you can make a nice arch shape and use them as hoops for netting.
If you are using large bamboo stems, apply gentle heat to the stem and see the magic, the bamboo will bend easily.
Also, bamboo culms/stems will bend nicely from the bamboo grove. So, train them early on into a hoop while they are still young. For example, this big bamboo arch/hoop was trained into a hoop formed in the bamboo grove. Perfect for use in arching projects like this tomato frame.
The bamboo canes are excellent stakes for garden plants. They come in different sizes and are often used for supporting vines, shoots and many other garden plants. The bamboo stems have different thicknesses.
Many garden bamboo plants in the UK are too big to use as bamboo canes or have thin stem walls. The bamboos are great for the privacy screen and tall hedges, but not ideal for use as bamboo sticks.
So, if you want to grow bamboo and use its canes, choose one of the 5 bamboo plants.
The plants will produce an endless supply of canes.
You can also use them for fencing, hoops and stakes for indoor plants. The uses are limitless.
See how we use bamboo on our YouTube channel. This playlist has all the bamboo DIY ideas.
The bamboo sticks are tall, slender, rounded, tough and strong. They are the perfect support for new plants, vines, beans and garden and pot plants that need stem support.
Bamboo sticks will last for many years. You can use and re-use the sticks, they are tough, firm and strong.
They are also flexible, you can bend them to your liking and create amazing shapes and designs.
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Bamboo stems are fantastic alternatives to timber and plastic garden stakes.
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Here is another useful garden plant, Cordyline australis. Its leaves are fantastic garden ropes.
Apart from the 10 uses of bamboo, they have been used extensively to make tea, wine, beers, vinegar and many natural home remedies.
However, there are special bamboos that are fit for these purposes, and not all bamboo plants are useful.
Some bamboos have little hairy spikes on the sheaths that can make skin itch.
Many have tough culms that are razor sharp. Others are invasive.
And not all bamboos are edible.
Therefore, though there are many benefits of bamboo plants, you have to know what kind of bamboo you should grow.
Selecting the right bamboo plant to grow is the first thing to think about.
Common Phyllostachys and Fargesia bamboos
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We also know that bamboo seeds and cuttings are often hard to get.
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‘He would prop a ladder against the side of his house and climb up to the bedroom window as his children were sleeping, push a bamboo cane through the window, pretending to be the BFG, blowing dreams into his daughters’ bedroom.
2. Roald Dahl’s walking stick
Many of the objects used in his book were his personal collections. They have the same shapes and descriptions.
Some of them are on display at the Roald Dahl’s Museum at Aylesbury, including his cane walking stick.
Roald Dahl bamboo walking stick which he used in his book The Twits - Mrs Twit walking stick
3. Bamboo sticks for runner beans
Roald Dahl loved gardening. Some of his work evolved around it.
Today, if you visit the Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury, you'll bamboo sticks in the pots.
This picture shows plants in pots supported with bamboo sticks at the museum.
Bamboo facts: Bamboo sticks are great for runner beans and supporting pots plants in the garden. The sticks are strong and durable, they can support a whole variety of garden plants. Many of the running and clumping bamboos growing in the UK are best for use in the gardens.
5. Bamboo ‘punishment’ cane
In his autobiography, Boy, Roald Dahl tells about his childhood at Repton boarding school.
He recalled that the headmaster would use a bamboo cane to flog misbehaving children.
Extract from the Boy - Tales of Childhood
‘…the headmaster sometimes used a cane made of bamboo to punish children who broke school rules. Bamboo is a light, flexible wood. When it hits people, it can feel like a whip.’
Facts about Roald Dahl books
There are more than 5facts about Roald Dahl, but the ones stated above are specific to bamboo canes and how he used them in different ways in his stories.
We appreciate Roald Dahl as one of the most celebrated children's authors of all time.
He was known for his quirky and offbeat stories, which often featured unexpected plot twists and memorable characters.
One of Dahl's most famous books was "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", which was made into a movie starring Gene Wilder.
He also wrote the popular book "The BFG", about a friendly giant who captures and protects children from evil giants. Also made into an adventure fantasy movie in 2016, directed by Steven Spielberg.
His autobiography, Boy, is a true story of his childhood.
‘The Twits’ is about the memorable characters, Mr and Mrs Twit.
When ask about her walking stick, Mrs Twit said she had a mole on her left foot and needed it. But, in fact, 'she used it to hit the cats, dogs and small children she encountered on her outings.
Extract from 'The Twits'
In her right hand, she carried a walking stick. She used to tell people that this was because she had warts growing on the sole of her left foot and walking was painful. But the real reason she carried a stick was so that she could hit things with it, things like dogs and cats and small children.
In another twist, Mr Twit took revenge on Mrs Twit for feeding him earthworms and spaghetti. He glued a tiny piece of wood to the bottom of Mrs Twit’s walking stick every night.
The change was inconspicuous, but gradually, Mrs Twit's walking stick was getting longer and longer.
Roald Dahl's Bamboo Inspiration
In ‘The BFG’, Roald Dahl featured the bamboo canes that he used to blow dreams into his daughters’ bedroom.
Mrs Twit's cane walking stick resonates with his own.
His other personal items that made it into his books include the following.
His pair of sandals became the BFG's sandals.
The bamboo cane became the dream blower’s trumpet in ‘The BFG’.
His cane walking stick became Mrs Twit's walking stick in his other book ‘The Twits’.
All in all, Roald Dahl uses bamboo canes in inconspicuous, but exciting ways, to bring stories alive. He was a master storyteller.
You can see his work and learn the facts about Roald Dahl at the Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Phyllostachys aurea bamboo plants have thick inner stem walls which means the stems are strong but flexible.
The stems have been used as fishing poles in China and other parts of Asia and the Pacific regions for centuries. That is why the Phyllostachys aurea bamboo has been called the Fish-pole Golden Bamboo.
Today many gardeners are using the tough Fish-pole Golden bamboo canes as sticks for staking plants in the garden and pots.
Their tough and flexible canes are ideal for making climbing frames and sticks for pot plants and other garden plants that needed support.