Our latest addition to the cottage garden is truly beautiful! It’s a hand-built wood tower made by my husband, Shaun. Contemplating my options, I was not thrilled with the expensive plastic towers that you may have seen online. I’m more of a natural, wood type girl. If you’re that kind of person too, let me share with you how to build a strawberry tower garden!
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Tools Needed for Strawberry Tower
- Measuring Tape
- 9 – 1X4’s 8ft long
- 1 – 1X2 6 ft long
- 1 Center Post 4X4 6ft long
- 1 1/4 in. Deck Screws
- Dowel pins 1/4 in. X 2 1/2 in.
Once you have all of your supplies, you’ll need to make some cuts to get the exact dimensions for the strawberry tower.
A side note here, you’ll want to purchase untreated wood because the chemicals from treated wood will leach into the strawberries. The best option is probably cedar, but we went with the less expensive pine.
Tips for Filling Garden Tower
At first, I was shoveling the topsoil into the tower dry. The soil would fall down through the openings onto the ground! We then wet the topsoil in a mineral tub, really soppy wet. Game changer. Soil stayed in the tower, y’all!
How to Build the Strawberry Tower
Step 1: Attach four frame sections to the center post using the dowels. Drill holes in the center post, on all four sides. Then, drill holes in four of your frame boards, placing the dowels in the post and frame to create a sturdy base.
Step 2: Add the four frame boards around the base.
Step 3: Now it’s time to start adding your soil retaining boards, angled to hold soil. Cut these boards progressively smaller as you work your way up the tower. Attach with deck screws.
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