My Aunt Linda is the one to thank for this post. She is one of those people who’s wheels are always turning. Every time I see her I just want to pick her brain even though I know that I cant possibly absorb everything she has to offer. She is a wonderful resource and is always coming up with great ideas. She had seen a Strawberry Tower in a catalog and knew she could make that!
She was able to get 10 feet of culvert for free, the place even cut it in half so she could put it in her vehicle. So off Linda went with 2, 5 ft sections of 14 in culvert. Origionally it was black , but she didn’t want it to absorb to much heat, so she spray painted it with that Fusion paint that adheres to plastic. She then dug a hole about 6 inches deep to put it in for stabilization. Uncle Lonnie drilled 3 inch holes all around. Linda did say that she wished that the holes were not so lined up and more uneven. She began the planting portion by running a drip line up the culvert and gradually filling with aged compost. When she got to a hole she had lids from larger yogurt containers cut in half, and placed them in on angles to keep the soil in. She then put the plant in the hole securely and worked her way up to the next whole.
What you do not see in the pictures is that Linda knew that the back side wouldn’t get as much light as the side we can see. On that side she planted lettuce. I spoke with her tonight and she said that since this picture was taken two weeks ago, the plants have about doubled in size. She has already harvested some of that lettuce.
I hope that someone out there gives this a try. It is a great idea for those who might not have much space or just don’t want to be bending over to pick those berries. I look forward to hearing from those of you that do give it a try. I am putting it on my to-do list, I cant wait to try this one!