Growing strawberries is fun and easy - as long as you have the right place to do so!
Luckily, these adaptable little fruits aren’t picky about where they are planted. You can easily grow your own strawberries with the gear you probably have on hand at home.
There are plenty of ways you can grow strawberries - in a pallet, in a raised bed...even in a container on your deck!
However, this idea for making a strawberry planter out of a laundry basket is one of the best we’ve found.
It was created by Garden Answer on YouTube. Make sure you check out this video to watch the step-by-step process, too!
How to build a laundry basket strawberry tower:
- Tall plastic laundry hamper
- Burlap sack (make sure the volume matches that of your hamper)
- Potting soil
- Strawberry plants
- Filler plants (if desired)
1. Start by punching several holes in the bottom of the laundry basket for drainage. You might be able to do this with a sharp pair of scissors, but some people find it easier just to use a drill.
Either way, it’s an important first step. Strawberry plants like to be moist, they don’t need to be soggy at all times - and this can lead to root rot.
2. Line the bin with a burlap sack, garbage bag style, so the flaps are hanging over the edge. The burlap will hold the soil in the container. You can usually buy burlap at any nursery or outdoor store. Most craft stores sell them, too.
If you don’t want to use burlap, you could also use a black plastic bag or some other kind of weed barrier. Burlap tends to be the best at both retaining and draining moisture, however.
When you add your bag, it will likely hang over the sides of the basket. Don’t worry - you’ll take care of that later.
3. Fill the laundry basket with good potting soil. Cut the excess burlap around the edges of the basket. The soil should weigh it down.
4. Using your scissors, cut holes in this side of the basket where you want to plant your strawberries. Don’t plant in every hole - space them out.
5. Before you plant (and before you cut your holes), consider where you will be positioning the strawberry planter.
You may want to leave one side bare so that the plants aren’t crushed when you hang the basket up against a wall. You might also want to skip the first few levels so your plants have room to drape over the side of the basket.
6. Go ahead and insert your strawberries into the holes. You don’t need to push them deep into the basket - just make sure the roots and the base of the plants are situated in the soil.
They will root into the soil and be supported by the burlap.
7. You can plant the top of your container with more attractive plants to fill it up, like a monarda plant. Choose plants that will bloom all summer long - and attract pollinators, too! - for the best results.
You don’t have to stick to other berries, although this is definitely an option if you so choose. You can also grow plants like herbs or flowers here, too.
8. Put your planter into a bright, sunny location. Water regularly while your plants are getting established.
That’s all there is to it!
Why You should make this vertical planter?
Saving space and urban gardening is probably the biggest reason to use a laundry basket to make your own strawberry planter. Check out our 27 strawberry growing tips to maximize your plant's potential.
This idea is not only inexpensive - you can buy a laundry basket for just a few dollars - and it doesn’t take up much space. Plus, you can choose just about any color you want!
It’s a great way to use a laundry hamper you no longer have a use for. If you like to reuse everyday items so that they don’t have to be relegated to the landfill, this is the way to go.
Plus, this whole project takes just five minutes from start to finish. Give it a try this weekend! P.S cook some fantastic strawberry desserts with your harvested strawberries.
love it, beed to know more.
A great way to plant strawberries cant wait to try.
I love this! Do you think I can do this and have it on a small balcony? How many strawberry plants would I need for a 2cubic bag of potting soil.? Hope to hear from you soon, thank you for sharing 🙂
It’s March so what kind of strawberry plant can I buy that will fruit for spring/summer/fall in nyc? How many will I need? Thank you for sharing 🙂
What is the best way to water the plants when planted in this way without giving them too much or too little water?
can this be done for indoors for th winter
I did this with strawberries and asparagus. It works great. After 3 years, I find that the strawberries are played out (of course), but amazingly, the asparagus plants are strong and want to keep growing. The plastic laundry baskets pose one problem if you keep them this long: the plastic breaks down in sunlight. My baskets are literally falling to pieces. But I had several great years of strawberries and asparagus. I am preparing to plant another batch of strawberries this way in a new basket, and try to keep the asparagus going until the basket collapses. Thank you for a great video. It helped that I put the baskets up on wheel trolleys before filling them with soil. I planted flowers on the top, and lettuces in a few of the slots as well as strawberries. Delightful!
Oh, I forgot that I added one idea from another site: putting a compost tube down the middle. I think that made a difference to how long and healthy my plants grew. I added a 4 foot length of 4 inch wide PVC pipe with holes drilled in it at intervals, and a T link at the bottom. Inside that pipe, went about a foot of moist peat moss, then some prepared compost, and a layer of vegetable matter to start composting. I added some worms to help the process. Then all season long, I add compostable matter to the PVC pipes to feed the worms and that feeds the plants. It makes a Keyhole Garden.
What if you have bare roots to plant?
Just planted strawberries in our laundry basket. My question is how do you winterize the basket? I’m thinking ahead.