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Steve Thomas is the host of Planet Green's Renovation Nation, a program that focuses on making green renovations to homes across the country. In his regular column on PlanetGreen.com, Steve goes behind the scenes of the show and offers additional tips and insight on green renovation.

There is something like 15,000 species of bamboo. Some of them are suitable for structural uses and others aren't. The are species of bamboo that you can't build with. It's just junk. But that stuff that the Flemmings have in their backyard and the stuff that I have in my backyard make lovely trellises and fences. There are all kinds of things you can do.