Friday, March 30, 2012
Vertical Strawberry Garden
Papa Bear and I built a vertical strawberry garden yesterday. I got this great idea from Coach House Crafting. I believe she used hers in the greenhouse to grow herbs but I thought strawberries the moment I saw it and asked my neighbor to start saving their empty milk jugs.
We made ours about 4 foot wide to accommodate five 1 gallon plastic jugs on each side with a little spacing in between to allow air circulation. All in all it will hold 30 plants. I have only bought 10 strawberry plants to begin with. As the plants begin to grow runners I can put them in an opposite jug with soil so they can take root in a new jug. When they take root all I have to do is clip them from the mama plant and they will already be established in their own jug.. That's the plan! We placed it near the lattice fence in back in case I need to tie it off when we have high winds.
I did not put drainage holes in the bottom of the jugs. I put cone shaped coffee filters in the bottom of the jugs and then filled with soil. If they are watered too much or get too much rain I will unscrew the lids and let them drain.
I am thinking of putting a cucumber plant at each end of the top row until I get enough strawberries going. I think this would be a great project with those with small backyards or even a balcony that gets good sunlight to grow some small fruits and vegetables. ...and the best thing of all..NO WEEDING!