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Uses of bamboo sticks with pictures

Bamboo is an eco-friendly material, you can use it to make a variety of home and garden DIY bamboo projects. 
What are the things you can make out of bamboo? 
In this article, we take a look at 5 things you can make from bamboo sticks by using simple hand tools. Use the pictures and video for clarity.

Bamboo sticks for plants

diy bamboo projects Bamboo sticks in use in pots and patio

Many gardeners and homeowners are using bamboo sticks as stakes because they are tall, strong and blend incredibly well with other plants in the garden. 

There are many fantastic uses of the sticks. One that stands out is staking indoor and outdoor plants. 

The bamboo sticks provide a strong support system for small shrubs, tomatoes, beans, soft fruit and vines. 

You can cut the sticks to length and tie plants along them to provide the support they need to grow. 

Take a look at this article - Uses of Bamboo Sticks DIY projects.

 Bamboo uses

The garden bamboo plants are popular in the UK recently due to their evergreen foliage and hardiness, less prone to disease. 

Bamboos are a tough group of plants. 

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

The uses are limitless! The bamboos are durable, tough and tolerant to bug infestations. 

They are also flexible materials that you can cut, shape and bend to your liking. 

These characteristics are fantastic for DIY arts and craft projects. 

So, use bamboo to create stunning objects for use at home or in the garden.

Video of uses of bamboo sticks

Watch this video to see how we use bamboo sticks in the garden. The bamboo sticks are from our bamboo grove.

How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

You can use bamboo sticks to make garden hoops for netting. If the squirrels and pigeons get the garden berries before you, you might want to build a protective netting around the berries. 

The bamboo garden hoops are perfect for protecting the berries in the garden. 

Hope it gives you some ideas about how to build a simple, but practical, garden netting to stop deer, bird and insect netting from getting to you plants.

How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

You will need x3 long bamboo sticks to go from one end of the netting to the other. This will set the length and width of the garden netting, so choose them carefully. 

Alternatively, you can tie the bamboo together to give you a longer length. Then, bend the bamboo stick into an arch shape, forming the bamboo garden hoops or loopers. 

These will now be the hoops for the garden netting. 

 You can put the bamboo hoops straight into the soil or build an elevated top cover, and throw the net over it, like in this YouTube video.
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This video shows how to build netting cheaply by using the materials listed in this article. All done in one day. 

After completing the hoops for the garden netting, spread the net over the top and use ropes to tie them in.

No need to use nails or cable ties, garden ropes will do. 

The idea is simple, but it works every time. Here are some practical garden uses of bamboo sticks.

Bamboo best natural garden hoops

The bamboo sticks are fantastic materials for making garden hoops for netting, incredibly flexible. They can fit into the spaces making it easy to create formidable nettings for small gardens. 

They are also best for arch-shaped netting. 

You can use them to make almost anything from building netting like this to using them as support for runner beans, sweet peas or any garden plant. 

Hope this article and the video guide give you an idea about how you can use bamboo to build garden hoops for your netting project, too. 

How to make garden bamboo hoops for netting?

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.

benefits of bamboo plants

What bamboo plants are best for garden hoops?

There are many bamboo plants that produce long and narrow culms. The best bamboo plants for garden sticks are the Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys bissettii. 

These two bamboos grow well in the UK, their culms are slender, tall and very strong. They produce better, bendable, bamboo sticks which make great garden hoops for netting. 

Other tall bamboos like the Phyllostachys vivax are also good, but they have large stems/culms, which are often hard to bend to shape.

Materials for bamboo garden netting

In this project, the main material is bamboo, others include old rubber hose and mesh wire. It is a simple idea, but it works out perfectly every time. 

Firstly, use bamboo sticks/hoops to build the mainframe. Then, put the netting over it. 

  • Garden net
  • Mesh wire
  • Garden rope
  • Bamboo sticks
  • Point Crowbar
  • Old water hose
Note: Freshly cut bamboo sticks are best for making garden hoops for netting because they will bend easily without breaking. 

You can substitute the materials for others you have in the garden, but the substitute for bamboo sticks can be hard to find.

List of materials, tools and garden essentials

Here is a list of tools, materials and garden essentials and where to buy them.

Materials/tools (Buy at B&Q)

  • Garden net
  • Garden hoops
  • Bamboo sticks
  • Chisel & Point Crowbar

Fruits and seeds (Buy at YouGarden)

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Black current and Gooseberries

Gardening essentials (Buy at YouGarden)

  • Composts
  • Fertilizers
  • Slug pallets
  • Pots and planters
  • Gloves

Potted bamboo plants (Buy at Crocus UK)

  • Phyllostachys aurea
  • Phyllostachys bissetti
How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

Hope it gives you some ideas about how to build a simple, but practical, garden netting to stop the deer, bird and insect netting from getting to you plants.

Tall bamboo sticks for plants

There are different types of bamboo plants that grow in the UK. Some are running and others are clumping bamboo plants. 
Find out about the bamboo plants that you can grow to get tall bamboo sticks for garden plants.

What matters the most is the thickness of the inter-cellular walls.

Thicker walls produce thick canes which are strong and reusable. Also, choose bamboo plants that have small stems and long internodes. 

In this article, you’ll find out about the 5 bamboo plants that have long and slender internodes, and thick cane walls.

phyllostachys aurea 

Best bamboo plants for garden bamboo canes

Here are some possible places to get bamboo sticks for plants online or in shops.
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. 

The best canes have long internodes with thick inter-cellular walls. (Diagrams of parts of running and clumping bamboo plants).

Grow the bamboo plants below. They have strong stem walls because the stem walls are thick, and ideal for use in the garden.
1. Phyllostachys aurea (Fishpole bamboo) - Running bamboo 
2. Fargesia murielae Standing Stone - Clumping bamboo 
4. Fargesia murielae Blue Lizard - Clumping bamboo 

Take a look at how some of these tall bamboo plants are grown inside root barriers and wall barriers - 25 different ways of growing invasive bamboo.

Uses of bamboo canes in the garden

You may have seen bamboo canes used in the garden. In fact, there are countless uses. You can use them as the support for runner beans, sweet peas, and flowers or as hoops for netting in the garden. 

As mentioned, the best bamboos to grow are the plants with thick canes. You will have endless supplies to use in the garden.

  Garden bamboo canes phyllostachys aurea Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and gardens.

Here are some garden projects where we use bamboo canes. The canes come from the bamboo plants that we grow in pots and along with the garden hedge and as privacy screens.

Follow the links for the details of each project. 

What makes a good bamboo cane?

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.

Do you have a useful plant in the garden?

Bamboo stems are fantastic alternatives to timber and plastic garden stakes. 

Grow the 5 bamboo plants for unlimited supplies of tall bamboo sticks for garden plants.

We would love to hear from you. Do you have a plant in the garden that you often use the stems like the bamboo stems? 

Let us know in the comments below. Here is another useful garden plant, Cordyline australis. Its leaves are fantastic garden ropes.

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.

10 Examples of Using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes

Garden bamboo plants have special properties and structural compositions that are beneficial to gardeners and homeowners. 
Find out about the 10 examples to Use Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes in the Garden.

Uses of bamboo plants and bamboo canes

The bamboos are evergreen, hardy and tolerant to pests and diseases, and come in different sizes, colours and shapes. 

Their leaves, culms and roots have been used as home remedies, stimulants, home décor and garden sticks. 

 The benefits and uses are unlimited! Here are 10 examples of using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes.

1. Greenery all year round

Bamboos are evergreen. 

This is probably the most common benefit of bamboo plants, especially for garden hedges and natural privacy screens. 

The fact that they stay green all year round and are fast-growing makes them the best natural screens. 

Bamboo foliage does not fall off in Autumn, even in very cold weather conditions. 

Some plants will remain green even at minus 20 degrees Celsius. 

They are the best natural plants for screening unsightly features.

Bamboos you can grow for green cover all year round, hardy and tolerate very cold weather: Tall bamboo plants for garden hedging and privacy (multiple plants)

ways to use bamboo plants in the garden

2. Stop topsoil erosion

There are two types of bamboo plants – running and clumping. 

Both bamboo plants have strong rooting systems composed of rhizomes, base buds and root hairs. 

The network of underground roots is firm and can stabilise loose soil, stopping it from being washed away by running rain (or drain) water.

Bamboos you can grow for stopping topsoil erosion: Clumping bamboo plants (multiple)  

3. Provide thick natural fence walls

Bamboo culms tend to grow in clusters, especially those of the clumping bamboos. 

They form thick walls and are good natural fences when planted close together. 

Note that the clumping bamboos do not spread like their running cousins. 

Grow the clumping bamboo along the boundary for the natural wall fence.

Here is a comparison of running vs clumping bamboo for natural wall fences.

Running and clumping bamboo UK

4. Edible bamboo shoots

Only a few bamboos are edible. You can grow them and enjoy the new shoots. 

Here are some edible bamboo plants that you can actually grow, harvest and eat.

Edible bamboos: Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis  and Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo and Phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense Bamboo

phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense edible Bamboo

5. Use bamboo leaves mulch

The leaves are a great source of Silica which is beneficial to plants. 

The mulch from the bamboo leaves can protect the plants from frost in Winter and preserve moisture in Summer. 

The decomposing leaves are a source of fertiliser for the plants. The three bamboo plants below have broad and elongated leaves which can be pruned.

Best bamboo for mulch: Fargesia Robusta Wolong Broad Leaf Bamboo, Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis clumping bamboo and Fargesia murielae Blue Lizard.


6. Bamboo Canes for garden and pot plants

One of the best things about growing bamboo is that you can use bamboo canes for staking plants, garden frames and trellis to support creeping plants like the runner beans.

We covered the home and garden uses of bamboo canes extensively in this article – take a look: Bamboo plants for sticks.

Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and garden

7. Use bamboo sheaths, branches and sticks for arts and crafts

Bamboo sheaths, branches and sticks are great for DIY arts and crafts because they are thin, tough and bendable. You can create any shape with them. 

 The uses are limitless, it depends on your creativity. 

For example, the bamboo sheaths can be cut to make windmills and the sticks used for making mini rafts (Below is a video of mini rafts we built out of bamboo canes and had lots of fun with). 

Adult supervision will be required when cutting the bamboo sheaths and sticks.

Bamboos you can grow for sheaths and sticks: Fargesia Blue Dragon Papyrifera Borinda and Fargesia Borinda Angustissima Frosty Bamboo



8. Used for making drinking water cups, mugs and storage tubes

The timber bamboo plants have a lot of uses, including some of the large varieties of Phyllostachys bamboo. 

The thick and hollow bamboo segments are perfect for making water storage like bamboo cups, mugs, and pencils storage.

Large timber bamboos: Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides and Moso Timber bamboo

how to use bamboo to make craft cups

9. Make musical wind instruments

Bamboo instruments have been used for thousands of years in ancient China and parts of the South Pacific region. 

They are great wind instruments and can be easily made from common bamboo that is common in the UK. 

 The bamboo flutes, bamboo harps and wind chimes are some examples. 

Our YouTube video shows the use of a bamboo harp in traditional storytelling in the Pacific.

Long internode and hollow culm bamboos: Phyllostachys Bissettii and Phyllostachys Vivax

10. Use bamboo to make grow pots and seed-trays

Bamboo pots and trays are eco-friendly substitutes for plastic seed pots and grow trays. They are reusable, you can use them for many years.

 Bamboo products are biodegradable and will break down within 3 – 5 years and turn into soil. 

Here is a step-by-step guide for making your own bamboo seed propagators. 

Giant timber bamboo plants for seed propagator pots and trays: Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides and Moso Timber bamboo
Seed tray with lid

Benefits of bamboo plants: pros and cons

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

Here at, we featured over 70 bamboo plants that thrive in the UK weather. The suggestions above will help you to find the right plant. 

At, we feature these bamboos because they can grow in the warmer parts of the UK. 

We also know that bamboo seeds and cuttings are often hard to get. One suggestion is to contact the plant's nurseries, garden centres or online retailers and ask for the particular plants that you are looking for. 

You can also leave a message below to let us know about your requirements and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

Check out these renowned UK home and garden retailers to get bamboo and bamboo supplies.

What do you think about the 10 examples of using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes?

The 10 benefits of bamboos are a guide to the uses of these unique plants. 

There are many uses and benefits of these plants. 

We compiled this list based on our work with bamboos. 

We hope that it will inspire you to be creative as you unravel the many benefits of these fantastic plants.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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

Little known facts about Roald Dahl and bamboo sticks

We’ve visited Roald Dahl’s Museum at Aylesbury since the children were little and love it every time. 

There were 5 inconspicuous, yet interesting, facts about Roald Dahl to do with bamboo canes. 

Each one resonates with the theme of bamboo and grabbed my attention. I took photos and thought I should share them with you.

1. The BFG’s Dream blower

Did you know that Roald Dahl’s idea for the dream blower started with a bamboo cane? 

In his book ‘The BFG’, the giant blows dreams into children's bedrooms using the dream blower’s trumpet.

In reality, that was what Roald Dahl did when his daughters were little - he used bamboo canes to blow dreams into their rooms.

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Extract from Roald Dahl Museum flyer, 2022
‘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.

Facts about Roald Dahl

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 love bamboo sticks 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. 

The image showed him in the midst of his garden where he used bamboo canes to support the runner beans.

Bamboo runner bean stick for garden

4. Bamboo sticks for pot plants

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.

Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury

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 5 facts 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.

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Mrs Twit’s walking stick

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.

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


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.

Why Phyllostachys aurea called Fish-pole Golden Bamboo Plant?

Phyllostachys aurea bamboo plant is one of my favourite bamboos. Its stems are small, tall, bendable and strong. The stems are perfect fishing poles. In the UK, they are ideal garden sticks.

Phyllostachys aurea UK
Phyllostachys aurea

Fish-pole Golden Bamboo

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. 
The sticks are not too big like the Bamboo Vivax poles or too small like some clumping bamboos seen in the UK. They are just the right bamboo for garden and pots & containers.

We created a list of some top UK bamboo sellers online. Check them out on our website.

Phyllostachys aurea in UK Garden

Video of fish-pole bamboo in our garden

Uses of Phyllostachys aurea called Fish-pole Golden Bamboo Plant

Here are some ways in which we used the Phyllostachys aurea Fish-pole Golden Bamboo Plant in the garden - visit our YouTube channel for more videos on the uses of bamboo sticks in the garden.

Tomato plants trellis frame

Garden Fruit Netting

Know more about Phyllostachys aurea bamboo

The Fish-pole Golden Yellow Bamboo is one of my favourite bamboo plants. 

When you know this bamboo plant personally, you'll understand why it is popular among many bamboo growers in the UK.

Its stems are great garden sticks. 

Bendable, you can make any shape with it. 

Re-usable, you can use a stick for many years.

Here is more to learn about this bamboo plant:

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.