The Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter comes from the same company that produced the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter. The strawberry planter follows the same basic concept as the tomato planter--growing plants in a suspended container to offer natural protection from weeds and soil diseases. This type of growing provides ideal conditions for plants and lets the plants focus on production as opposed to fighting disease. The Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter is made of a plastic fabric that looks like a windsock with holes on the sides for planting strawberries. It is easy to make a similar planter using some items usually found at home. Purchase strawberry plants from a garden center or nursery, soak their roots in a shallow container of water while you are building the container and within an hour you will be growing your own strawberries.
Cut or drill 2-inch diameter circles in the sides of the 5-gallon bucket. Cut as many holes as you would like, spacing holes approximately 3 inches apart.
Poke, with the utility knife, five to 10 small holes in different spots in the bottom of the bucket to allow for drainage.
Line the sides of the bucket with newspaper, taping the newspaper to the bucket if necessary.
Cut slits with the utility knife where the paper meets the holes in the bucket.
Hang the handle of the bucket on a large tree branch or from a wood post with at least 5 feet of clearance to allow for growth.
Scoop, using the trowel, equal parts compost and garden soil into a bucket to mix.
Fill the hanging bucket full using the soil mixture.
Place one or two plants in each hole on the sides of the bucket. Place the root end of the plant through the slit of the newspaper and let it rest in the soil. The top of the plant should be visible on the outside of the bucket.
Water the soil in the bucket from the top with a hose set on a light stream. Water until water begins to release from the bottom of the bucket. Water whenever the soil feels dry and warm.