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Why Add Strawberries To Your Home Garden?
Strawberries are relatively easy to grow, require a minimum amount of space, and virtually no chemicals are needed.
From a few plants, you can harvest a staggering harvest in one season.
- Strawberries require a site that is open to direct sunlight most of the day.
- Try to avoid frosts with a cover and the cover may also be used for bird control during harvest periods.
- Berries not eaten fresh can be frozen or preserved.
- Besides being an excellent dessert fruit, strawberries are a good source of vitamin C as well as being low in calories.
DIY Strawberry Farm
After building a hanging garden with two-liter soda bottles, I decided to go bigger by using 10-liter plastic bottles to grow strawberries.
I did this because smaller bottles need more water in the summer, and plants struggle when there is not a sufficient amount of soil and excess heat. Larger water bottles can hold more soil and more moisture.
Not many tools are needed to build this strawberry farm, and you don't have to be a professional.
Tools You Will Need
This is what you will need to make a strawberry hanging farm:
- 2 (10-liter) bottles
- 1 (2-liter) bottle
- 1 (1/2-liter) bottle
- Drill with small drill bit
- Tool to drill bigger hole (a hole saw)
- Protective gear
- Printer caps
- Fine gravel
- Potting soil
- Strawberry plants
Step 1: Prep the Bottles
- First, you have to drill a pilot hole in one of the 10-liter plastic bottles at the bottom, right in the middle. You will see that there is a hard part. That is where you drill.
- Then you take a hole saw (see photo) and you cut a bigger hole in the bottom of your bottle.
- Turn the bottle on its side and, almost at the top, drill four more holes all around the bottle as illustrated below.
- Cut one of the holes bigger with scissors so your hand can fit inside.
- Take the two-liter bottle and cut a small opening in the side of the bottle to fasten the cap.
- Drill small holes in the cap that fastens your two-liter bottle into the 10-liter bottle, so the water can slowly drain into the bigger bottle. This two-liter bottle will be filled with water and fertilizer, and it will be the water feeder tank.
Drilling holes in the bottom of the bottles is not the easiest task I have attempted, but after some practice, it is not so difficult. Here is an example of the drill saw used in this process, although you can use whatever tools work for you. Use the bigger cuttings to drill a smaller hole for use as a washer between the bottles, as illustrated below.
Caution: Remember to wear the necessary protective gear for the job at hand. Safety first!
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Step 2: Fasten the Bottles
- Drill some small holes in the 10-liter bottle's cap for drainage.
- Fit washers between the bottles. I used Canon cartridge caps as washers between the bottles. If you do not have caps, use plastic rings. Make sure that the caps are secure because the weight of the filled bottles will be in excess of 20kg.
- Place some gravel in the cap to help with drainage.
Step 3: Prep the 1/2-Liter Bottle
- Cut the 1/2-liter bottle in half and use the top half to secure the garden to a pole. The micro water pipe will be placed in it. Place the 1/2-liter bottle above the two-liter bottle, which is placed above the 10-liter bottles.
- Use a strong wire to secure the 1/2-liter bottle to the pole where your garden is going to hang. Your garden should be hung in full sunlight if possible because strawberries love the sun.
Step 4: Plant the Strawberries
- To plant your newly built strawberry farm, take out the plant you want to plant from its container.
- Shake off most of the soil from the roots.
- Dig a small hole inside the filled 10-liter container and place the plant just inside the opening.
- Through the larger opening in the bottle, fill up the rest with potting soil and press lightly around the roots.
- Repeat this with all four openings, doing the larger hole last.
- Lightly water the plants until the soil is saturated with water.
- Put some leaves inside the container and some outside. The container is like a miniature greenhouse.
I decided on a strawberry farm because I love the strawberry's versatility. We use this berry in so many forms. The most rewarding is when you pick them fresh from the plant and eat them on the spot.
Strawberries also grow easily, and from only one plant, with patience, you could grow as many strawberries as you want, because the plant produces runners with new plants.
Just remember that you have to put every new runner plant in its own container and cover with soil. After a few weeks, you have a new plant.
To save money, you can simply buy one plant, and as it grows, it will produce runners that can be placed inside the opening that do not have any plants yet. Do not cut the runner till the new plant has its own runners. They also produce fruit throughout the year If conditions are perfect.
You must feed your strawberry farm with fertilizer at the beginning of every season. I have found that I can add hydrophonic powder in the water and re-use the overflow. Hydrophonic powder is also a booster in producing fruit.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- Strawberries are low in calories and fats but a rich source of phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
- Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consuming them may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Strawberry has an oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of antioxidant strength.
- Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C (per 100 g) which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infections, counters inflammation and scavenges harmful free radicals.
- The fruit is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. These vitamins act as co-factors that help the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
- Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E, and health-promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Furthermore, they contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron, and iodine.
I fell in love with White Soul strawberries the moment we met! It has so many fantastic qualities! It will lavish you with lovely white flowers and gorgeous white fruit all season long. These plants have traditional strawberry-shaped evergreen leaves but are runnerless, unlike some varieties of strawberries.
This makes them a wonderful choice for borders or any organized flower bed. Pairing or alternating white and traditional red strawberry plants together really makes a stunning color combination. Of course you can always plant them in a more casual fashion in a woodland setting where all of the beautiful white can really brighten things up.
The White Soul strawberry plant is a very heavy producer, and the fruits are actually larger than those of a red strawberry. On top of that, white strawberries are sweeter than red strawberries, and they also have a bit of a pineapple flavor to them. You can enjoy the berries fresh or in any way you would any other strawberry.
They can give a very unique and beautiful new look to some old favorite deserts! Most people have never seen a white strawberry before, so whether they are spotted in your yard or as part of a tasty treat, they are sure to spark intrigue!
I love gardening and nature. The most rewarding part for me is to grow my own vegetables and to have some fresh produce without all the pesticides.
I have some water tanks and harvest rainwater for my garden.
We have a small garden, and I am always looking for space to grow some new plants or vegetables.
My wife loves to cook with herbs, so it is a challenge to grow herbs all year round. Some herbs are scrub-like and grow too large. An ideal method is to plant them in containers.
Containers have a downside to them, because they are labour intensive. They are time-consuming because they need so much water.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Louis Fourie
Ann on June 10, 2020:
Its 2020 and this info is still very useful. Thank God I found your blog sir. I got my first little strawberry plants. This is a great idea.
email@example.com on May 04, 2015:
wow its wonderful
alinaitwe cleofash on March 29, 2014:
great to have such ideas. this is something interesting that i will practice.
kerlund74 from Sweden on March 16, 2014:
Fantastic and really useful, thank you for sharing!
Louis Fourie (author) from Johannesburg, South Africa on October 29, 2013:
Our summer here in South Africa is in full swing and we harvest a abundance of strawberries daily .
Cavell.Fourie from South Africa on September 03, 2013:
Love this idea and is going to plant some strawberries this year. Stunning hub, voted up!
Louis Fourie (author) from Johannesburg, South Africa on June 30, 2013:
Thank you, Lens and North wind, for your inspirational comments. It is fun to plant strawberries and easy, you can do it.
It would certainly be great to reach HOTD.
LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on June 26, 2013:
Very interesting hub! The pictures and step by step instructions will all help doing it in an easy manner. The otther information added along with it are also very useful. Thanks for sharing this wonderfulhub.
North Wind from The World (for now) on June 25, 2013:
I have to say that I have never planted strawberries before but your way is quite a clever way to do it. This is a well put together hub and I agree with moonlake it should be a HOTD.
Louis Fourie (author) from Johannesburg, South Africa on June 25, 2013:
Thank you, Moonlake and Faith Reaper, for your inspirational comments. I strive to keep all my hubs interesting, educational and my best possible standard.
It would certainly be great to reach HOTD.
moonlake from America on June 25, 2013:
This is great. I have never seen this before. I would like to see this win HOTD. Voted up and Pinned.
Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 25, 2013:
Oh, wow, excellent hub here! How creative and interesting. What a great and delicious way to recycle no doubt about it. All the photos are great together with all the added information about strawberries and their health benefits. That next project sounds just as interesting.
This hub should wind Hub of the Day!
Voted up ++++ and sharing
God bless, Faith Reaper