Is there anything better than fresh, red, juicy, straight out of the garden strawberries? Well, maybe winning the lottery, but apart from that, I would have to say no the above question. Strawberries are so good and are fun to grow as well. As many of you know, there are wild strawberries that grow around the Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Fern Valley areas. So growing them in our gardens should be a piece of cake, right?
As most things in life, this is easier said than done, although I have had way more success with berries, including raspberries and blackberries, than with most other things up here, so strawberries are always part of my garden. The biggest problem with strawberries is the amount of space you need to get a large crop of berries. However, the good thing about strawberries is that unlike raspberries or blackberries, they stay relatively compact if you remove the runners. And since they do grow so many runners, they are extremely easy to propagate and so it costs virtually nothing to expand your strawberry garden.
The bad news is that you will probably run out of space in your garden before you run out of strawberry runners. So what is a strawberry lover to do? Containers of course! The great thing about strawberries is that they can be planted just about anywhere. Hanging planters, pots, rain gutters, baskets, PVC pipe, you name it. So don’t worry if you don’t have room for a large strawberry patch in your yard. Let your imagination run wild and before you know it, you will have a fabulous strawberry container garden and you will be enjoying fresh, picked strawberries! Here are a few pictures from Pinterest to get your imagination going.
Love this space saving idea. Strawberries in rain gutters!
Strawberries in rain gutters hung on a picket fence. What could be cuter?
This is very clever. Strawberries in rain gutters raised up on rebar supports. This sure would make picking easy.
How about some vertical strawberry towers made from PVC pine?
Here is quite an ambitious vertical strawberry garden.
A raised bed strawberry tower. This could be made out of bricks or stones as well.
A beautiful tower of strawberries!
And there is always the traditional option of hanging planters.
Cute country cottage basket of berries!
Hope this helps getting you thinking outside the garden and planting strawberries everywhere. Just remember that they do need a lot of sun, so a shady spot won’t work. So go forth and plant strawberries and then enjoy the fruits of your labor!