Growing your own strawberries is a great way to get fresh produce and save money. You can purchase a strawberry planter for around $50 from most garden centers, or make your own with materials you find around the house.
What is a strawberry planter and why would you want one
A strawberry planter is a gardening tool that is used to grow strawberries. It is a raised bed that is made out of wood or plastic. The planter has a number of troughs that are used to grow the strawberries in. There are also spaces between the troughs that allow for the growth of other plants. The planter helps to protect the strawberries from pests and diseases.
Features of a strawberry planter
Here are some of the features that should be included in any strawberry planter:
Shallow container which will allow the roots to breathe and grow healthy
A larger pot at the base of the plant where water can accumulate to provide moisture without drowning it
A watering device such as a small fountain to irrigate plants while keeping dirt moist but not saturated. This could also be created by drilling holes into an old cooking pot, then filling it with rocks or gravel mixed with water before adding soil on top. The water will seep out slowly and keep the soil moist.
Seeds or starts should be planted in holes dug at intervals and not too deep so as to avoid root rot and/or tunneling where pests can invade. Strawberry plants grow shallow roots that find moisture easily but do not tolerate having their roots covered.
Include a drip system that waters each hole from above without drowning the plant, if it rains you don’t want standing water on top of your plant. Also, make sure there are no gaps between rungs on the ladder for mice, snakes, or other rodents to hide in, they love strawberries!
Place your planter under a berry-producing variety of strawberries such as Alpine, Chandler, Earligold, Earliglow, Jewel, Ozark Beauty, and Sparkle. These varieties will produce fruit all summer long so you’ll have plenty of berries to enjoy yourself and share with friends and family.
Benefits of growing strawberries in a strawberry planter
When growing strawberries in a strawberry planter, you can expect to enjoy several benefits. Some of these benefits include:
A strawberry planter allows for more efficient planting and harvesting of strawberries, which leads to increased yields.
A strawberry planter is easy to care for and does not require a lot of maintenance.
Increased air circulation:
Strawberries grown in a strawberry planter have better air circulation, which helps to prevent disease and pests.
Extended growing season:
A strawberry planter can extend the growing season for strawberries, allowing you to enjoy this delicious fruit for longer.
Types of materials that can be used to build your own strawberry planter
There are a few different materials that can be used to build your own strawberry planter. Some people choose to use wood, while others might use plastic or metal. The most important part is choosing a material that will be durable and that can withstand the elements.
How to grow strawberries in a strawberry planter
Strawberry plants can be grown in a strawberry planter. A strawberry planter is a container with holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. The pot should be at least 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Fill the pot with a soil mix that is high in organic matter. Amend the soil with compost or aged manure before planting the strawberries.
Set the strawberry plants in the soil so that the crowns are level with the soil surface. Cover the roots with soil and water well. Place a mulch of straw or leaves around the plants to keep the soil moist and discourage weed growth.
Tips on how to care for your new strawberry planter
Here are a few tips on how to properly care for your new strawberry planter:
Make sure to water your planter regularly, especially in hot weather.
Fertilize your plants with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks.
Weed your garden regularly to prevent pests and diseases from taking over.
Harvest your strawberries regularly to promote growth and fruiting.
Prune your plants occasionally to keep them healthy and compact.
Before you know it, your strawberries will be ripe and ready to harvest!