How to Grow Strawberries in Vertical Gardens

I know, I know; another vertical gardening post. But there’s a reason – it seriously works, especially if you want to boost your strawberry crops.

You know the story. You watch as strawberry plants burst into flower. The fruits set and your mouth begins to water as those berries begin to swell and take on their red tint. Then, you got to pick and – BAM – a slug’s eaten the entire inside and left only the shell (or, as happened to me, you step into your front garden to discover some swine has come by and nicked your crop)! There’s only so much a good packing of straw can do to protect these fruit from every other blighter that wants to eat them.

Growing strawberry crops off the ground has all manner of benefits. Obviously, there’s the pest issue, but there’s also the picking advantage too; it’s much easier to harvest your fruit when you’re not kneeling and scrabbling around in the dirt. Weeding is easier, as is planting. Strawberries need very little in the way of soil to grow, so even a small trough or gutter provides enough enrichment. As long as you replace the soil each year, your plants will be fine. In fact, this makes the management of your strawberry bed better too as older plants need throwing out to be replaced with fresh offshoots.

Last year, whilst gutting and renovating the new house, I pulled out a large wood box that was hiding away unsightly pipes running up a wall; though, it has to be said, I prefer the industrial copper to this ugly veneered wood. Perfect for a strawberry bed, I thought! After a bit of spray paint, it was fixed to the fence, filled with some earth and the plants added. Now, we have tonnes of flowers and, hopefully, fruit to come.

Step 1: Try and beautify an old pipe cover.

Step 2; spray the visible outer edges in this nice, metallic grey.

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Step 3: Fix to fence. It’s quite lightweight so nothing major needed other than a few screws.

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Step 4: Add dead-ish plants nabbed at the last moment from old house. Cross fingers and hope there’s growth.

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Step 5: Breathe a sigh of relief as leaves appear.

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Step 6: Await fruit!

You can use all manner of things to grow strawberries in, from special pots to homemade containers such as this. As a wooden structure, it won’t last terribly long but I don’t mind that. I’m working with what I have and recycling where possible. Guttering works equally as well – in fact Claire over at SmallholdingDreams – has an entire strawberry jungle set up with guttering. The nice thing about this idea is you can literally go wild and line all your fences with multiple tiers. Better still, it doesn’t only work for strawberries, but lettuces and mesclun mixes too!
 

2 Responses to How to Grow Strawberries in Vertical Gardens

  • Claire says:

    Your strawberries look great – I am jealous, mine don’t look that good. I am also trying radishes, broadbeans, dwarf french beans, dwarf peas and herbs in the guttering – I mean if you don’t try, then you will never know …..

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