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.
Mark the locations on the section of pipe where you want to plant your strawberries.
Cut crosswise at the marks to a depth of 1 1/2 inches; deeper cuts will result in larger access holes.
Heat the cut area slowly with a propane torch until the material softens and becomes pliable.
Insert the section of broom handle into the cut at a 45-degree angle and pull downward to form a lip.
Press the upper edge of the cut toward the inside of the pipe to finish the access hole.
Drill a small drainage hole in the end cap and attach the cap to the bottom end of the pipe to hold the soil.
Drill holes on opposite sides of the top of the pipe.
Insert nylon cord or other material into the top holes to hang the planter.
Attach the cap to the 1-inch-diameter pipe and drill holes along the length of the pipe.
Wrap the 1-inch pipe with window screening to prevent soil from entering through the holes.
Place the 1-inch pipe inside the center of the 6-inch pipe and fill around it with potting soil.
Plant strawberries in the holes along the outer pipe.
Water your strawberries by pouring it into the 1-inch pipe.
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.
Mix one gallon of houseplant fertilizer to fill the jug and water thoroughly at planting time.