From herb and strawberry towers – a guide
A strawberry tower or a strawberry pyramid look chic, are easy to build yourself, overwintering is not a problem and they are space-saving. Something like this really belongs in every small garden. Today I would like to tell you about my experiences. – Advertising –
We love strawberries. But they need space and we don’t have an infinite amount of it. So for a long time I thought about what I could do for the garden that would create a lot of space for my strawberry plants, but at the same time use little of it itself. After a bit of back and forth I decided on a strawberry tower again, but in a slightly different form than my previous one.
Instructions: Build a strawberry pyramid yourself | Strawberry tower on a maximum of two to three levels The construction of my old strawberry tower in the form of a column of pots (the drainage holes of the pots are arranged exactly in the middle) had the decisive disadvantage that the sun did not reach all plants evenly, in short there was a sun – and a downside. This was of course also due to the location near the house wall. Because the sun never had the opportunity to go around the strawberry tower. As a result, the growth of the plants was very divided and not really satisfactory. Another, but crucial, problem was that many strawberry plants did not survive. Either because the pot was too small anyway or the area that could be planted was reduced to a minimum by the column shape. From the middle pot level onwards, the strawberries were squeezed into the strawberry tower rather than used lovingly. This is not a good base for permanent planting. For this reason, depending on the size of the bottom pot for the strawberry tower, a maximum of two or three pot levels should be provided and it should be built in the form of a staircase (the available levels are therefore larger).
The structure of the herb and strawberry tower in the shape of a staircase
If you build a strawberry tower in the form of a staircase, this offers several advantages: it creates floors that offer the plants enough space and a great microclimate is created. The clay pots also heat up and radiate this heat again. The drainage layer is important when building it up. It must be taken into account for each pot. I used potsherds and expanded clay (*) for this. Pottery shards are heavier than expanded clay, however. This should be taken into account if you want to set up a strawberry tower on the balcony. Without a good drainage layer, waterlogging occurs relatively quickly, as the water cannot drain off well. Waterlogging ruins the plants and the pot. It is important to prevent them in any case. If you want, you can apply a fleece (*) over the drainage layer made of clay or expanded clay so that the drainage does not mix with the soil. However, this only helps to a limited extent, as the roots of the strawberries root through the fleece within one season and subsequent transplanting is no longer possible without a mess. I did without it.
You shouldn’t make this mistake when building your strawberry tower:
The following pictures clearly show how not to do it, because the top three pots are simply too much here. The individual floors are simply too small and no longer offer the strawberry plants sufficient living space to survive a hot summer or cold winter. Sometimes less is more.
A strawberry tower is the perfect size when:
the bottom pot has a diameter of at least 46 cm and the smaller pot has a diameter of 30 cm. This combination is enough to accommodate 10 to 12 strawberry plants without any problems. If you want, you can of course use plastic pots instead of clay pots, provided they have good drainage holes.
Alternative: A strawberry tower made of crooked pots that are strung on a pole
Originally I wanted to build a strawberry tower with the pots strung diagonally on an iron rod. You see them so often and they look great. But now comes the big BUT. Pots hung at an angle mean almost the same dilemma for plants as floors that are too small or pots that are too tiny. The acute lack of space leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients. The strawberries die. Pots that stand at an angle can hardly be watered, as the water largely drains off the surface. The plants are dying of thirst.
Apart from that, a strawberry tower like this requires a lot of material and labor so that it can withstand wind and weather in the end. My variant of pots, which are simply plugged into each other, is much easier and cheaper to implement.
Winter strawberry tower
Astair-shaped strawberry tower can be hibernated on the spot without any problems, as long as it is a little protected from heavy rain and frost. It should then be sufficient to wrap it well with coconut mats (*) and possibly also cover it with fleece. You can find out more about hibernating strawberries in the article Hibernating strawberries.
You might also be interested in my article on combating the black weevil, a nasty strawberry pest. If you are looking for an idea for many flowers in a small space, a Knagglig design would be recommended.
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See you soon and baba,
Building a strawberry tower or a strawberry pyramid yourself is not difficult. Wintering is also unproblematic. An experience report.