Take a recycled pallet and some used milk cartons and make a vertical strawberry bed that’ll yield enough strawberries to keep you going all summer long!
This is a great idea for making the most of every little bit of space and light you have available. You don’t even have to have a garden, this would work well in a small courtyard or even a balcony, as long as to have a bit of wall that faces the sun.
Everyone has left over cartons from juice or milk, so this is a good way to make them useful and a recycled pallet is usually not too difficult to find. Ours was left over from a delivery of building materials, but lots of shops and businesses are very happy to get rid of them.
How To get started
- Once you’ve got your materials together you’re ready to start.
- I collected my milk cartons up over a couple of months, but ask around your neighbours and they should be easy enough to get hold of.
- I bought some trays of young strawberry plants from the garden centre as it was time for me to re-new my strawberries this year. But this idea would also work really well as a way to pot up the runners of your existing strawberry plants in your garden.
- The milk cartons cut easily with some sturdy scissors and attach them to the pallet with weatherproof, flat head, galvanised nails and a hammer.
- Make a small drainage hole in the bottom of each milk carton ( a heated kitchen skewer works well)
- Plant the young strawberry plants in a 50/50 mixture of good quality potting soil and garden compost and gave them a good water to settle them in.
- The pallet looks a bit sparce at the moment, but knowing how prolific strawberry plants can be, it won’t be long before the new growth spreads and soon the pallet will be a mass of leaves, flowers and hopefully some tasty strawberries!
- Watch out for a photo update in a few weeks time!
Strawberry Bed Progress Update
- Here’s the pallet strawberry bed 10 weeks later in the middle of June.
- As you can see there are more plants now, I added them as and when the milk cartons became available.
- The strawberries are just beginning to come in properly now.
- Feed the plants with a little organic liquid seaweed once a week now the fruit are forming, or you could make your own liquid compost soup! check out how easy it is!
- As the strawberry pallet has filled out, it has become quite top heavy, so I’ve tied it to the fence posts, just to make sure it doesn’t tip over.
- The added bonus of growing the strawberries this way is that the strawberries stay well out of reach of the slugs and snails.
- When you pick them, the fruit are in tip top condition – even the birds don’t seem to have noticed them yet!