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Strawberry Barrel

Updated on May 27, 2010
Growing strawberries in a barrel is fun and easy. And the upkeep you have to perform is great. In some areas you may have to cover your strawberries with a net to keep away birds.
Growing strawberries in a barrel is fun and easy. And the upkeep you have to perform is great. In some areas you may have to cover your strawberries with a net to keep away birds.

Building a Strawberry Barrel

What's good about scraping the bottom of the barrel? Easy that way your backyard barrel is emptied and ready to fill with soil for growing strawberries or other plants. Be sure to cut or drill 1-2 inch wide holes in the bottom of your barrel to allow for adequate drainage. You don't want to drown your strawberries or other plants so be sure to allow enough holes for water to drain away.

For larger barrels cut six evenly spaced 2 inch holes 10 inches from the bottom. Cut 6 holes per row.

Repeat 10-12 inches higher but offset from your first row. For large barrels 18 holes in three rows is enough.

Be sure that you do not forget your drain holes in the bottom of the barrel.

You can paint your barrel or leave it natural. That's up to you.

Place your barrel in place and line the bottom with 6 inches of gravel for drainage.

Mix your soil , compost , well rotted manure , and sand. Pack the mixture around the inner circumference of the barrel.

Place a 4" piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled up and down it in the center of your barrel and fill your soil in around your PVC pipe while you hold your PVC pipe. to keep it in place.

You can now place a strawberry plant in each hole and your strawberry plants will now grow and produce strawberries. You can also plant squash or cucumbers in your strawberry barrel and they will produce an abundance of squash or cucumbers in a barrel fixed this way.

When you need to water your strawberry barrel pour your water down the pvc pipe.Incidently seal the bottom of your PVC pipe so your water flows out into your barrel.

Did you build a strawberry barrel? Did you plant strawberries or something else. Post a comment below and tell us all about it. Did you grow other vegetables besides strawberries. Tell us all about it down below.

Post your comments , tips , or suggestions about strawberry barrels now. Please also post your questions now.

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is brilliant!! Who knew you could grow these in a barrel?? I want one! What a wonderful hub. Thanks for sharing such useful information!

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