Working with Strawberry Planters Working with Strawberry Planters
Use a strawberry planter to grow your own fresh strawberries. Though delicious and versatile, these berries are notoriously messy to grow. Once mature, they tend to take over and begin crowding out other nearby plants. A strawberry planter will help you gain control over these fruits and have a great crop each year. Here are a few steps to make your own strawberry planter.
Step 1 - Find Best Place for Growing Strawberries
Strawberries will grow very will in full sun. They are often seen in long rows in fields with no shade. Build your planter in a place that gets full sun, at least 8 hours a day. Consider the side of a shed.
Step 2 - Take Measurements
Measure the area that you want to put your strawberry planter. If the area is 6x4 feet, then you will want to make you planter this size.
Step 3 - Cut Lumber to Size
After you have the measurements, cut the lumber to size. Use the appropriate width lumber to make the process quicker. If you want a 3-foot high planter, use an 8-inch wide plank. Use the circular saw to cut the planks down to length.
Step 4 - Cut 4x4 Posts to Size
You will need four pieces of 4x4 post for the corners of your strawberry planter. Cut them with a circular saw. Mark each side of the post as you will need to cut all the way around the post.
Step 5 - Build Strawberry Planter
Assemble your planter by screwing the planks onto the posts. Set the posts at the specified distance that you used as dimensions for the planks. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Do this for all four sides.
Step 6 - Build Bottom
Cut more planks to the width of the planter box and screw to the bottom of the box.
Step 7 - Fill With Organic Soil
Once the strawberry planter box is completed then move it to the place where it is going. Once there, you can fill it the bottom with some crushed rock or other loose particles for draining. Fill the rest with organic soil that is rich in nitrogen.
Step 8 - Plant Strawberry Plants
Using plants that are already started is the best way to get strawberries in your planter. Dig a small hole the size of the roots and place the plant inside the hole. Compact the dirt around the stem and water the plants. The plants should be at least 6 to 8 inches apart.