How to Make a PVC Strawberry Planter

Overview

Strawberries, while sweet in taste, can be pushy in nature, growing out of control and crowding out other garden plants. Berries in contact with the ground or moisture may rot on the vine. You can prevent these problems by creating a PVC planter to keep your strawberry plants contained and off the ground. As an added bonus, you can hang your planter in a sunny window and harvest fresh berries through the winter.

Step 1

Mark the locations on the section of pipe where you want to plant your strawberries.

Step 2

Cut crosswise at the marks to a depth of 1 1/2 inches; deeper cuts will result in larger access holes.

Step 3

Heat the cut area slowly with a propane torch until the material softens and becomes pliable.

Step 4

Insert the section of broom handle into the cut at a 45-degree angle and pull downward to form a lip.

Step 5

Press the upper edge of the cut toward the inside of the pipe to finish the access hole.

Step 6

Drill a small drainage hole in the end cap and attach the cap to the bottom end of the pipe to hold the soil.

Step 7

Drill holes on opposite sides of the top of the pipe.

Step 8

Insert nylon cord or other material into the top holes to hang the planter.

Step 9

Attach the cap to the 1-inch-diameter pipe and drill holes along the length of the pipe.

Step 10

Wrap the 1-inch pipe with window screening to prevent soil from entering through the holes.

Step 11

Place the 1-inch pipe inside the center of the 6-inch pipe and fill around it with potting soil.

Step 12

Plant strawberries in the holes along the outer pipe.

Step 13

Water your strawberries by pouring it into the 1-inch pipe.

Step 14

Punch or drill holes in the bottom and in the lid of the empty milk jug and place it on top of the planter with the bottom hole lined up with the one-inch pipe for an alternate way to water your strawberries.

Step 15

Mix one gallon of houseplant fertilizer to fill the jug and water thoroughly at planting time.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when using a propane torch and heat the pipe slowly so it doesn't melt; it needs to just be pliable.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe, 4 feet long by 6-inch diameter
  • PVC cap to fit 6-inch pipe
  • PVC pipe, 4 feet long by 1-inch diameter
  • PVC cap to fit 1-inch pipe
  • Window screening, 4 feet long, wide enough to wrap 1-inch pipe
  • Permanent marker
  • Hacksaw
  • Propane torch
  • Broom handle, cut to 2-foot section
  • Drill with 1/4 inch bit
  • 1-gallon milk jug

References

  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Create a Hanging Planter

Who Can Help

  • OnlineTips.org: Strawberry Planters
Keywords: strawberries, plant strawberries, PVC planter

About this Author

Lynn Mansfield is a freelance writer living and working in Minnesota. Her work has appeared in online sites and publications such as theWAHMmagazine, for parents who work at home, and eHow. She is an active member of Absolute Write and Writer's Village University.