How to Make Raised Beds for Planting Strawberries

Overview

Strawberries are a tasty crop to grow in the home garden. Place the strawberry bed in an area that receives full sunlight. Strawberries grow very well when planted in raised beds. This allows you to use good soil for your strawberries. It also creates better drainage and air circulation to keep the foliage and berries dry. It also brings the strawberries up into easier reach to harvest the berries.

Step 1

Clear the building area of all weeds and large rocks. Remove any large clumps of invasive grass. With a shovel, level an area that is 4 feet by 4 feet by digging away mounds of soil and filling in depressions in the ground.

Step 2

Lay out your boards in the shape of a square. By creating a square with 4-foot sides, you will be able to reach the center of the strawberry bed without having to step into the raised bed area.

Step 3

Attach your boards together to form corners using the 4-inch decking screws and an electric screwdriver. Use four screws on each corner. Keep the top of your boards lined up. Place the wooden framework in your prepared area.

Step 4

Pound your wooden stakes into the ground with a sledge hammer at the inside of the corners. This holds the framework in place so it does not shift while you work on it. Keep your stakes even with the tops of the boards.

Step 5

Fill your raised bed framework with good soil. Level off the soil by using a rake to push the soil into the corners. Do not compact the soil; keep it loose to give the strawberry roots ideal growing conditions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not keep strawberries in the same area for five years or more. There is an increased risk of root disease and pest infestation the longer they are planted in the same area. Just dig up dormant plants and move the raised bed to a new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 4 boards, 4 feet long and 2 inches by 6 inches
  • 16 decking screws, 4-inches
  • Electric screwdriver
  • 4 wooden stakes, 12 inches long
  • Sledge hammer
  • Soil
  • Rake

References

  • University of Missouri Extension: Raised-Bed Gardening
  • Colorado State University Extension: Block Style Layout in Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens
  • Cornell University: Perennial Strawberry Production
Keywords: strawberry plants, planting strawberries, raised beds

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.