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Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

I'm trying to grow strawberries vertically since I have ran out of space in my vegetable garden. I've been looking at various things to build to hold them and I'm wondering what anyone has tried and had success with. I have seen one idea of using storage crates and poking the strawberries out of the side and then stacking the crates. I've seen other ideas where they use PVC pipe and drill big holes and plant the berries in there. Has anyone tried any of these (or any others) and had success?

Also the cheaper the better, since I've already spent too much on soil/garden tools so far :>

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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

I haven't done it, but there are all kinds of ideas out there:

Pallet planter:
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vertical PVC pipe planter:
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or a whole farm of them:
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hanging horizontal pipes, tubes, rain gutters:
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hanging 2 liter bottles:
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shoe hanger planter:
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grow bag:
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trash cans, 50 gallon barrels, paint buckets, etc:
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anything can be a planter! Just keep your eyes open and look around you!
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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

Here is another way to do it. Supposedly you can get 50 plants in this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufEQ6ZljJBE
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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

rainbowgardener wrote:I haven't done it, but there are all kinds of ideas out there:

Pallet planter:
Image

vertical PVC pipe planter:
Image

or a whole farm of them:
Image

hanging horizontal pipes, tubes, rain gutters:
Image

hanging 2 liter bottles:
Image

shoe hanger planter:
Image

grow bag:
Image

trash cans, 50 gallon barrels, paint buckets, etc:
Image

anything can be a planter! Just keep your eyes open and look around you!
Those are nice, thanks! I'm just wondering with the circular ones, how would all the sides get sunlight? Seems to me wherever you place it outside, at least 1 side will always be shaded by the structure that they're growing in.

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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

I saw a video someone attached house rain gutter to their back yard wooden fence. They filled it with soil and had an amazing variety of garden vegetables growing in the gutters. It sure did not nice but it seems to me it is a lot of unnecessary work to plant in an unnatural way.

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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

Would you use potting mix or soil for planting like this?

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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

How do you thoroughly water the whole tube without overwatering the tops?

Maybe you could drill holes in a smaller tube that goes down the center...

Hmmm.
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Re: Best way to grow a vertical strawberry garden?

We have a vertical display garden where I volunteer. The gutter and bag gardens have issues with low soil volume so you cannot plant things that are large in them and the shallow volumes and the fact that they are off the ground exposed to the wind means they dry out very fast. Ours has a drip irrigation system to water it but it needs to be watered a couple of times a day and if the system fails for any reason, the plants don't last long. The soil eventually gets lost especially in the hanging pockets.

Vertcal towers can work quite well but usually using all of the pockets is sometimes impractical depending on what you are planting. If you are building a tower just for strawberries it should be fine but if you did a mix of plants some plants could be come invasive like mint and take over or large plants like tomatoes will have large root systems that use up a lot of the nutrients.
Then there is the problem of space. If you have large plants hanging out they run into the other plants and usually it is better not to plant all of the holes in that case.

Tower gardens have to be watered from above so it is best to install drip tubing and attach it to a timer or faucet to make it easier to water. The tower needs to be unobstructed on all sides to plant all of the pockets so it is usually out in the sun. If you have one side up against a wall, you cannot plant that side. The barrel is good because it has a lot of soil volume and can be made with its own compost bin. You need the bottom cover to clean out the compost bin though and it has to be raised on blocks because it would be heavy to move once it is filled. I would offset the pockets and put in fewer pockets to give each plant a little more growing room. Plants on the top will need to be able to handle drier conditions and plants on the bottom will need to be able to handle wetter conditions. I made a tower out of different sizes of pots a 20 inch pot ,14 inch pot and an 10 inch pot. I drilled a 1 inch hole through the center to put the closet rod that I used as a stake to keep it from falling over. It gave me about 4 inches of planting space on each level. I had to choose plants that trailed on the bottom so they would not interfere with the middle level which had plants that grew upright. The top I had a basil plant. It was relatively easy to water it and take it apart since the pot could be taken off the pole. Eventually the soil had to be replaced. It also had to have light all around it for it to be planting 360 degrees. The other thing that worked up against a wall was to create a stadium by using tiles I created a staircase where I could put potted plants. By having different levels It gave the plants more space especially for the canopy to spread out on each tier. Since this not a tiered planter, which is another idea you can use, I could move the pots around to make the best use of the space so the growing plants would not interfere with each other.
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