DIY homegrown Strawberry tower
Find & Fix it Friday
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!!!
four 6-8 ft fence boards (redwood is best)
one old drawer
pieces of 4×4 posts to help weight and stabilize the tower within the drawer
2″ drill bit
potting soil or mushroom compost
6-packs of strawberries
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 4″x4″s 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.
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 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.