Vertical Strawberry Gardening – combining woodworking with gardening

I found this post while searching for sites on how to grow strawberries vertically. This is NOT my favorite method, nor one that I would recommend for most people. That being said, there are a few misguided souls out there (Hello Tim) who actually have the skills to combine woodworking with gardening. In a future post I will show how to grow LOTS of strawberries using 10″ PVC pipe, where you can grow 25-30 strawberry plants in a 3 square foot area with little effort and NO SAND on the berries. 🙂 And best of all you can keep them producing all summer long.

In the meantime, please enjoy this presentation. The original article is posted here.

Building a Strawberry Planter Tree

Strawberry Planter Tree

It seems like space is always a problem when planting a garden. Well how about going vertical? This nifty strawberry planter does just that. This project requires a compound miter saw because of some of the compound angles you’ll have to cut.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• (8) 1″ X 4″ X 8′ Tight Knot Cedar
• (1) 2″ X 2″ X 3′ Cedar
• (100) 1 3/8″ #8 deck screws

Cut the center post from 2″ X 2″ Cedar 35″ long.
Cut a 45 degree point on top.
Cut four center pieces of 1″ X 4″ 18 3/8″ long. Cut four outside base pieces of 1″ X 4″ 26 1/2″ long with a 45 degree bevel on each end.
Cut four supports 34 3/4″ long with one end at 32 degrees and the other at 58 degrees.
Attach the four center pieces to the center post using two screws each. One from the top and one from the bottom. Use a pipe clamp to center and hold the center piece to the center post while you drill and screw. Drill and counter sink all holes to keep the wood from splitting and burying the heads.

Building the frame

Attach the four outside base pieces to the center pieces using two screws in each end.
Pre drill and counter sink each hole.

Base frame should look something like this

Now attach the supports using one screw in each end.

The bottom should look like this

The top should look like this.

The top should look like this

This is what your strawberry planter tree should look like at this point.

What the strawberry planter should look like at this point

Depending on how accurate you were at making your cuts and assembly last week, will have a lot to do with how well the shelves will fit.
You will need a compound miter saw to make these cuts.
First we need to mark each leg for the location of the shelves. The first mark is 5″ up from the corner. Make four more marks 4 1/8″ apart from the first mark. You should now have five marks.
The first shelf will be 22 7/8″ long. Each end will have a compound miter cut of 40.9 degrees on the ends of the face and 26.6 degree bevel on the ends. Cut four of these. Be sure to check the fit on the first piece before proceeding. You may need to adjust your angles a little bit.
Each of the four remaining shelves will be as follows:
19 3/4″
16 1/2″
13 1/8″
Mount each shelf with one screw on each end into the legs.

Mount each shelf with one screw into the legs

That should pretty much rap up this project. Just fill it up with dirt, plant your strawberries, sit back and watch them grow.


3 Responses to “Vertical Strawberry Gardening – combining woodworking with gardening”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Well, I am excited to see your method for growing so many plants in such a small area! Can’t wait to see that …. it might be something I could use!

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