This vertical gardening idea is popping up everywhere—grow strawberries on your garden arbor!
If you’re going to add an arbor, why not take one extra step and add built-in shelving for planters? You could grow strawberries, salad greens, flowers, or any other container-friendly plants.
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It is funny (but not surprising) how ideas spread from one gardener to the next: a novelty item from one garden one year will appear in multiple other local gardens the next year—spreading like seeds!—just like these built-in strawberry planters.
I noticed several of these strawberry arbors on garden tours this summer.
The actual arbor is a simple design using 2×4 vertical supports and 2x8s across the top. Extra pieces of 2x2s fill in the top.
Add the Planters
The strawberry planter idea could be adapted for any design.
Window Box Inserts
The first thing to decide is whether you will want to plant directly in the wood box or design the box so that removable containers fit inside.
Personally, I like the idea of inserting window boxes (example at Amazon.com via my affiliate account) or other containers. This way, I wouldn’t have to worry about the type of wood used and I could change things around.
Related: DIY Garden Plant Shelf
One big advantage to growing strawberries this way is the fruit will not be munched on by as many critters. You can never entirely escape garden pests (we all get hungry, right?), of course, but you can certainly do things to make it harder for them to steal your harvest.
I have rabbits that seem to like to take one bite of each strawberry and then move on—sampling every berry as they go—so this would certainly eliminate that problem.
It would be really sweet to add hanging planters to root the strawberry runners (these are shoots that create new plants) as they appear.
After the harvest is done, you could use the same built-in boxes for seasonal decorating. I think this would quite beautiful with white outdoor lights and some winter garden art.
If you are new to growing strawberries, this will help: Everything You Need To Know to Grow Strawberries.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛