Todays post is all about how to grow strawberries horizontally. Learn how you can grow strawberries in a small space very easily with the help of this easy to follow tutorial. If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, scroll down to the bottom of this post. Today I will walk you through making these simple, inexpensive, hanging PVC garden containers that you can plant a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs in. The concept is quite simple, but is a real space saver in a tiny garden or garden enclosure. We were able to plant 18 strawberry plants for less than $30.00 in just under an hour. Want to see how to make these? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get started so you can get into your garden!
Learning how to grow strawberries horizontally doesn’t have to be difficult. Over the years, we have found this method of growing strawberries has produced amazing results as well as saved us valuable space in our gardens.
So the first thing you’re going to need before you head to the hardware store is a supply list. These are only suggestions. You can definetly make these your own and hang them any way that you like and what workls best for your space. I’m going to put a list of the exact items I used and you can go from there.
First things first, do you have what you need?
Measure the area you plan to put these PVC pipe strawberry containers. I found that most of the pipe in the major hardware stores carry pipe like this in 10′ lengths. So the amount you need will depend on where you plan to hang these. So measure your space. Very important step.
Also, make sure you have all the tools you’ll need to finish this project. There’s nothing worse then getting started on something and then having to stop and head to the store (again) because you forgot something. I’ll have a tool list below as well so take a look at that as well.
- 4″ SDR 35 PVC pipe (amount and length will very depening on the are you want to hang these in). Usually comes in 10′ lengths (for reference).
- 4″ SDR 35 PVC caps. You’ll place these on the end of the pipe once you’ve filled it with soil. So you’ll need 2 caps for each piece of PVC pipe you’ll use. You can double check while at the hardware store to make sure they’ll fit the pipe you’re buying.
- Rafter hangers. We used these to hang our strawberry pipes up with. We used 3 hangers for each length of pipe but you could probably get away with just using 2 for each. It’s personal preference.
- 3/4″ metal hanger strap (optional). If you decide not to use the rafter hangers so your PVC garden is moveable, you could also use a “U” bracket (if you can find one large enough) or this metal hanger strap and screw it into place.
- Screws (optional). This is if you decide to use the metal strap hanger then you’ll need screws as well.
- Organic gardening soil. The amount you’ll need will also depend on how many you are making.
- Strawberry plants. We planted these every 9.5″ down the length of our pvc pipe.
- Sharpie for marking your pipe.
- Hand saw for cutting your pipe down to size. You can also ask the guys at your local hardware stuff to cut the pvc pipe to length for you. Most of the time they are very helpful and more than happy to do this.
- Tape measure.
- Gloves (optional). I always wear gloves in the garden.
- 3″ saw hole drill bit. Again, If you decide to use a smaller pipe, you’ll want to use a smaller diameter saw hole bit as well. We used a 4″ pipe with a 3″ diameter bit-for reference.
- 5/16″ drill bit for drainage holes.
- 15/64″ drill bit for smaller drain holes in between the 5/16″ drilled holes.
- Gardening shovel to scoop the soil into the pvc pipe.
- Screwdriver (optional). I used this to pry the pieces of pipe out of the saw hole bit. If you have another idea for how to get these out, leave it in the comments section below. I could not think of any other way to get these pieces out after I drilled each hole.
Steps for making these PVC pipe planting containers for strawberries:
- Measure the spaces you want to put these pipes to hang. Remember to leave at least an inch (if not 2-3″) of wiggle room. This will make it easy to remove them at the end of season to clean them out in preparation for next year.
- Measure the length of pipe and mark with your sharpie where it needs to be cut.
- With your handsaw, cut the pipe down to the length you need it if you didn’t have the gentlemen at the hardware store do so for you.
- After cutting the pipe to the length you want it, it’s a good idea just to double check fit. Optional, but this is something I always do.
Make sure you leave enough room for your strawberries to grow.
- Measure where you want to plant your strawberries. We have found that having one plant every 7″ or so was good and allowed the strawberries adequate room to grow. We measure (and mark) every 9.5″ along the length of the pipe so you’ll end up with 7 inches (roughly) between each 3″ hole.
- Install your 3″ saw hole bit onto your drill. Make sure it’s tight.
- With the pipe laying on the ground and locked in between your feet, drill the 3″ holes along the length of your pipe. I did find that having someone to help with this part was much easier. However, if you are doing this alone ladies, I did find that having leverage on your drill and locking the base of the drill in between your legs kept it from spinning. You’ll need to put signifigant pressure down ontop of it while drilling as well. Watch the video if you want the full demo of this being done.
Just a suggestion:
- After each 3″ hole you drill, take a screwdriver and pop out the piece of plastic pipe from the inside of the bit. If you get too many pieces in there it can be really tricky to get out.
- Once you have drilled your 3″ holes down the length of your pipe, it’s time to clean up around the edges a bit. Not something you have to do, but it will look much cleaner when you are finished. I just used my leather gloved hand to do this. Pulling the plastic bits off and wiping down the sides of the holes was sufficent enough. You could use sand paper if you wanted this really smoothe. It’s up to you.
Time to drill your drainage holes!
- Now that you have finished drilling all your 3″ holes to put your plants in, it’s time to drill our drainage holes on the opposite side.
- Take your sharpie and your tape measure and put a mark every 3″ down the underside of your pipe.
- Remove your 3″ saw hole drill bit from your drill and install the 5/16″ drill bit.
- Drill holes at each of your 3″ marks you just made down the length of the pipe.
- Once you have those holes all drilled, remove that drill bit and replace it with a 15/64″ bit. Drill a hole in between each of the holes you previously drilled with the 5/16th bit. Once you have done this, you should have a hole drilled every 1.5″ down the underside of the pipe for drainage.
Time to empty!
- Tip your pipe over and empty out all the fragments of plastic from the drilling. You dont want to have that in your soil.
- Place one of the caps you purchased on ONE end of your pipe. No need to glue as you’ll want to be able to remove this at the end of growing season and clean it out.
- Once you have one end of the pipe capped, grab the kids and begin to fill your pipe as full as you can with potting soil.
- After your piece of pvc pipe is as full as you can get it, place the other cap on the end you just filled.
- I prefer to plant standing up. But you can do this on the ground if thats easier for you. I placed my rafter hangers in place, then placed my filled pvc pipe on the hangers for easy planting. I used 3 hangers for each section of pipe.
- Plant your strawberry plants or herbs into your PVC pipe planter. Fill with more soil as you go if needed.
Don’t forget to water!
- Once you have finished planting all your strawberries, don’t forget to water them.
Enjoy all the fruits of your labor all summer long.
Do you have a favorite way to grow strawberries that produces amazing results?
I love to garden. When spring time is around the corner I start itching to be outside. I’m always looking for new ways to do things and growing produce is no exception. If you have a favorite way to grow strawberries that produces great results, share in the comments section below!
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