This PVC DIY strawberry tower is an innovative way to grow lots of strawberry plants on a small plot of ground. This strawberry planter would work well on a patio or deck. And if used in a greenhouse, you could be picking your strawberries before the outside strawberries are even blooming.
The DIY strawberry tower not only makes maximum use of all available space, but is also wonderfully convenient and kind to the environment. Its unique watering system makes sure that as little water as possible is wasted – any excess water simply gets soaked up by the next plant below! Fully portable, impervious to weeds and reusable time and time again, you really won’t believe the kind of potential your own garden could have with just a few of these babies up and running! In addition,, the strawberries are grown vertically, keeping them away from harmful insects on the ground, and collecting less dirt.
You’ll need just a few bits and pieces to get started, of which many you might find you already have lying around the home:
- An electric drill with a hole cutting bit that will cut a 5 – 7cm hole
- A 2 or 3mm drill bit for the watering pipe
- A length of PVC downpipe 100mm or 150mm diameter. (The length will = the height of the unit)
- End cap for the downpipe
- A narrower diameter (15mm or thereabouts) length of downpipe for watering. Make it about 8 – 10cm longer than the downpipe.
- A cork
- A knife
- Duct tape
- A length of geotextile (or hessian would do) for wrapping the watering pipe
- Twine for tying the fabric to the watering tube
- Good fertile soil (test it if you can – strawbs prefer it slightly acidic)
- 1 liter or of coarse gravel
- Your choice of plants (I used a mixture of different varieties)
- Large tub or box (to stand unit in whilst filling)
- Fixing collar or ties
If you decide to take the action, head over to the Urban Green Space for the full tutorial. Here’s the link…