It’s no secret that the best strawberries come from your own garden. Taking that first bite of a homegrown strawberry is one of the best parts of summer.
Though you might think you need a lot of space to grow a sizable strawberry crop, you can actually produce a ton of fruit in a small space by growing upward.
Build this easy strawberry tower and grow a dozen strawberry plants in just a few square feet on your deck or patio.
Step 1: Stack the planters
The pots and soil will be heavy, so assemble at or near a sunny spot where you plan to keep the tower.
Place the 10-inch pot upside-down inside the 16-inch pot, and place the 12-inch pot on top of the 10-inch pot, right-side up. Then place the 6-inch pot upside-down inside the 12-inch pot, and place the 8-inch pot on top of the 6-inch pot, right-side up.
Step 2: Add a stake
If your planter is on the ground, press a garden stake through the holes in all five pots and into the ground, until it’s just below the rim of the top pot. If using a saucer, press the stake down to the bottom pot until you hit the saucer.
Step 3: Add soil
Add potting soil to each container until the pots are about ¾ full.
Step 4: Plant
Place strawberry plants in the soil, and fill in around them with more potting mix. Depending on the size of your strawberry plants, you’ll want to plant 4 to 6 inches apart in the bottom level, 4 to 5 inches apart in the middle level, and 3 to 4 inches apart in the top level. Water plants well.
Wrap copper foil tape around the bottom of the tower to help keep slugs away from your strawberry harvest.