DIY Homegrown Strawberry Tower

8 Materials
$30
3 Hours
Medium
Sam and I are having a blast imagining and playing in our garden. It has kind of become a game, looking around at supplies that we have on hand and figuring out how to utilize them to make our space either more beautiful or more productive. In this case, we managed to pull off both goals. Using some old fence boards and a drawer, we created a signature statement piece for our garden and managed to maximize growing productivity by using vertical space. Not only did we get the chance to plant a TON of strawberries in our strawberry tower, it will manage to keep our fruit a bit more protected from our arch nemesis: the prolific and mighty earwig! Grrrrr!!!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy



Obviously, you can grab new fence boards from the hardware store....but Sam and I are all about reconstructing (partly cuz the deconstructing part makes us feel legit!)



Basically, I used the 4x4s to create a smaller space within my drawer and anchor my tall post boards.


Drilling in, I created a tall cube shape with my boards.



Things got snug, so I used a hammer to wedge my last board into place.



Using wood screws all along, I made my structure secure.



All of this makes for a good arm work out, LOL!




These planters are going to really add some nice space to our Zest Garden!



Last important step was to make some openings for my strawberries.


This 2" drill bit made the perfect sized holes.


Doing this with it upright was a bit lame....it required quite a bit of awkward force.





Instead, for the final sides, I laid it down on it's side to let gravity help me along.


Sometimes we have our genius moments. LOL




Last step was to fill this bad boy with soil and tuck in some small strawberry plants.


I love the crimson red against the rustic wood!




I cannot wait to take pix of progress for you! We planted some companion plants for the strawberries in the base of the drawer: lettuce, basil and parsley. Cheers to vertical planters!

xoxo,
Chanda

Suggested materials:

  • Four 6-8 ft fence boards (redwood is best)
  • One old drawer
  • Pieces of 44 posts to help weight and stabilize the tower within the drawer
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  • Dee Dee on Apr 20, 2016
    Is there soil inside of the tower? I'm just wondering if the only soil is on the root ball, will it wash away with rain and watering?

    • SylviaC SylviaC on Apr 20, 2016
      If you look between the photos, it tells you 'Last step was to fill this bad boy with soil and tuck in some small strawberry plants.' :)

    • Jeannie Carle Jeannie Carle on Apr 20, 2016
      Well - read everything I could see to read - and still don't know how this is watered - especially the bottom plants - Please - someone point me out to my "blind spot" - or tell me how this is done? TY - One person said she had seen the answer - but somehow this old-broad is missing it :-/ Sorry!

    • Anna Anna on Apr 20, 2016
      Jeannie, I read it twice and it doesn't address the watering issue. My guess is to water, somehow, down the shaft. If it was me, well...if it was me it wouldn't have gotten done cuz I am LAZY! Also, I would worry about the heat and drying out, due to our dry, windy desert.

    • Jeannie Carle Jeannie Carle on Apr 22, 2016
      Thank you Anna! I thought I had a blind-spot LOL If it weren't too high (and I think this one is) I could water it with the hose from the top. Maybe.

    • Diana Diana on Apr 24, 2016
      Jeanie, you could always make it shorter...maybe put two shorter towers, one at each end of the drawer....put chicken wire or a mesh for some other vine in between???

    • Joe Hornak Joe Hornak on May 01, 2016
      Cut an 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" PVC pipe the same length as the tower. Drill multiple 1/8" holes along pipe and insert it prior to back-filling with soil. Fill pipe with small gravel. Slowly pour water into pipe. Also works great with Strawberry Jars.

  • Karen Hecht Karen Hecht on Apr 20, 2016
    Maybe a dumb question, but how do you handle the issue of water?

    • Joe Hornak Joe Hornak on May 01, 2016
      Cut an 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" PVC pipe the same length as the tower. Drill multiple 1/8" holes along pipe and insert it prior to back-filling with soil. Fill pipe with small gravel. Slowly pour water into pipe. Also works great with Strawberry Jars.

  • Phillipcardjr Phillipcardjr on Apr 20, 2016
    Your strawberry pole looks great. I am curious as to how the plants will be watered. It is a long ways from the top to the lower plants? Really enjoyed the post. And hope to see how it works out.

    • Joe Hornak Joe Hornak on May 01, 2016
      Cut an 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" PVC pipe the same length as the tower. Drill multiple 1/8" holes along pipe and insert it prior to back-filling with soil. Fill pipe with small gravel. Slowly pour water into pipe. Also works great with Strawberry Jars.

  • Phyllis Mullins Phyllis Mullins on Apr 20, 2017
    How do you keep the birds from eating all the strawberries?

  • Oceank1 Oceank1 on Apr 14, 2018

    How did you make the galvanized planters too? Your work is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • DiAnna Tolle Greer DiAnna Tolle Greer on Apr 17, 2019

    I made one very similar to this but used a large PVC pipe instead of the wood. I planted the PVC into a planter. When watering my strawberry plants all the water drains down to the planter. The dirt at the top is never watered. Anyone have any ideas?

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