Growing strawberries in a cheap Dollar Tree basket is a great space saving idea that will help you grow delicious strawberries year after year!
There is nothing quite as delicious as a ripe, red strawberry. Everyone in our family loves them, and they certainly don’t last long in our house.
And there are so many delicious things you can make with strawberries: jam, ice cream, fluff, pie, and cake, to name a few.
We’ve tried growing strawberries in the garden before without much luck. So this year, we’re going to try to grow them in a cheap basket from the Dollar Tree.
Not everything at the Dollar Tree is just a dollar anymore. But you can still find tons of inexpensive and useful items.
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What You’ll Need:
- Plastic Basket
- Scissors or clippers
- Landscape fabric, burlap, or some sort of liner
- Strawberry plants
Getting the Basket Ready for Growing Strawberries
Use the drill to put some holes in the bottom of the basket for drainage.
Using the clippers or scissors, cut some of the plastic on the sides of the basket to make holes large enough for the strawberry plants to grow through.
Lining the Basket
We are using landscape fabric to line our basket. You could use burlap or some other liner that will allow water and air to pass through. We almost always have landscape fabric around, so that’s why we chose to use it.
The liner will be important for keeping the dirt in the basket. The basket has lots of small holes, and you don’t want the soil falling out. Soil helps provide nutrients to the plants and helps protect the roots.
Cut holes in the landscape fabric where you will put the strawberry plants.
Planting the Strawberries
Fill the basket with soil up to the lowest hole you cut in the basket and liner.
Carefully place the strawberry plant in the hole. The roots will go inside the basket. The green leaves (and eventually the fruit!) will grow on the outside of the basket.
Once the strawberry plant is placed where you want it, cover with a little more soil and water it a little bit.
Then fill the basket with more soil up to the next hole you cut in the basket and liner. Place another strawberry plant in the next hole.
Continue with this process of soil, strawberry plant, soil, water until the basket is full.
Be sure not to crowd your strawberry plants. Make sure each plant has plenty of growing room.
Companion Plants for Strawberries
Depending on the size of your basket and the amount of strawberry plants you have, you may want to plant something other than strawberries in the top layer of soil.
You might want to try growing bush beans or marigolds in the basket. Beans and marigolds both grow well with strawberries. They work together to improve the soil and the growing conditions for both plants.
What Are You Going To Do With All Those Strawberries?
Try this Simple Fresh Strawberry Pie
What Are Some Other Containers You’ve Used For Growing Strawberries?
Let me know in the comments!
Neat idea! Never thought about planting marigolds on top- maybe that would help prevent some pests getting into your berries, right?
You’re exactly right! The sweet smell of the strawberries would attract critters, but the smell of the marigolds help mask that sweet smell. Marigolds are great to plant in lots of places in your garden.