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My Strawberry Wall – The ultimate growing solution.

Posted on | April 2, 2009 | 9 Comments

I have lain awake many a night pondering the big questions of the universe.   Life, death, the GFC and whether or not global warming will kick in early causing me to drown me in my sleep.  However, there is one problem that has been on my mind for years, with no resolution, until now.

I want a strawberry wall!!!   Just as much as I wanted my two front teeth for Christmas when I was a kid.  I have gone through every option in my head and come up devoid of a workable idea.

Here are a few ideas that failed my thought experiments:

  • build a tall brick wall box and leave gaps for the strawberries.  (A brick wall is too set, what if I want to move it on a hot day.  Also difficult to judge watering – how is the soil down the bottom)
  • buy one of those terraced pots  (Too small and still too close to the ground, for bugs)
  • buy a hessian bag and put holes in it all up the side. (Probably dry out quickly and difficult for watering)
  • fill up some polystyrene foam boxes and stack them on top of each other and once again put holes in the side.  (Fussy to water – have to pull it all apart)
  • nail plastic pots to a  wooden wall.   (Don’t have a wooden fence and the pots will cook in the heat)
  • fill old tyres with soil and terrace them up in a gradual slope.  (I’m into recycling but I don’t trust using tyres for food production)
  • put hanging baskets of varying lengths against a wall.   (Don’t have a wall in the right spot)

My latest one was:

  • figure out how to connect a whole bunch of pots (say with chip board) and then pop them up on their side.  To water just pop them down, water and then pop up again.  (No, too fussy)

None of these were suitable.  Each had their own problems.

Then I stumbled across the holy grail!

There is a whole lot of new technology for building garden walls.    I’m learning about Vertical Greening Modules.  There is still not a lot of information about but here is a good start.  http://vertigarden.com/

In the meantime, I’ve gotten all arty and built some fabulous ‘strawberry towers’.  They work a treat.  Have a look here.

Does anyone out there have any ideas to contribute to this?  Please feel free to leave a comment.  I’m all ears.  Cheers Riley Jordan.

This post was mentioned on Episode 9 of the Dig It Down Under Podcast. Information on how to build the strawberry towers can be found on Episode 21 of Dig It Down Under.

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9 Responses to “My Strawberry Wall – The ultimate growing solution.”

  1. DigItDownUnder (Riley Jordan)
    April 2nd, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    New blog post: My Strawberry Wall – The ultimate growing solution. http://digitdownunder.com/whatsup/?p=193

  2. Kurt A
    April 2nd, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    I saw this post about a Strawberry Wall then I looked online for other ideas and found your question. This seems like a great easy solution.


  3. Riley
    April 2nd, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

    Hey Kurt,

    I can’t get into the link but I’ll take your word for it and thanks for the contribution. Riley.

  4. Rob
    April 10th, 2009 @ 12:39 am

    MY dad had one, and I am building my own as we speak. I am using chain link fence with posts set 2 feet apart. Cross bracing will be top fence rail. THEN line with CLEAR plastic and fill with horse manure (check craigslist.org….. ) many farmers will GIVE it away if you haul it. I was lucky enough that the farmer who is giving it to me has a scoop on his tractor, so he can put it in my truck bed. Chain link will last a lot longer, although you can certainly use chicken wire. The chain link already has you holes for your plants. Just do not place the plants too close together – after they fruit they will send out “runners” – tuck those into new hols and you can multiply your plants – double or triple your numebr sin a year!!!!! If you build the wall close to a downspout, you can capture the rainwater off your roof for the plants…. get perforated 4″ pvc or black plastic pipe and run across the top of the planter and it will distribute the water for you.

  5. Riley
    April 10th, 2009 @ 2:48 am

    This is a great idea. Thanks a heap. This could be the one for me.

  6. Lushe
    December 19th, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    There are a few other alternatives such as Gro-wall and Elmich. I have done some posts on it on my blog.


  7. Riley
    December 26th, 2009 @ 1:08 am

    Hi Lushe,

    thanks for the info


  8. Connie
    July 24th, 2010 @ 2:25 am

    I have a walkout basement with a patio and surrounding on either side by a rock wall. I am going to try to plant my (currently hanging) strawberries in it and see how they do.

  9. Riley
    July 24th, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Would love a pic when it’s all up and running. Cheers Riley

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