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Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket


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May 21, 2019

Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - planted basket sitting on stoopEven if you purchase everything new, this is not an expensive project. I found the laundry basket at the curb, got the potting soil and burlap on sale, and traded plants with a neighbor.

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When the season is over, store this in the garage. The berries will go dormant and fruit next year. You may have to have to replace the top plants. I plan to winter sow the top plants next year.

Total Time: 30 to 45 minutes

Yield: 1 planter

Source: Garden group I belong to

Supplies:

  • 1 laundry basket
  • burlap to line the basket
  • scissors
  • potting soil
  • plants for the top
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Punch holes in the bottom of the basket for drainage.
  2. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - punch holes in the bottom of the basket
     
  3. Line the basket with the burlap.
  4. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - line with burlap
     
  5. Fill with potting soil.
  6. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - add soil
     
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  7. Cut holes in the burlap and thread your plants through. Bury in the soil.
  8. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - cut holes in the burlap from the side
     
    Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - push the plants through and cover with soil
     
  9. Arrange plants on the front and sides. If you are placing against a wall or fence you don't need to do the back.
  10. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - plant from the front and sides
     
  11. Trim off the excess burlap.
  12. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - trim off excess burlap
     
  13. Add more potting soil if necessary. Plant your choice of flowers on top.
  14. Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - add more soil as needed and plant your choice of plants on top
     
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  15. Water in. My berry plants were a little wilted, so my neighbor suggested adding a tablespoon of sugar to my watering can to ease the shock of transplanting.
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