Do you like strawberries? But here it is: growing strawberries requires a lot of floor space, but you only have a small space! You should like the ‘strawberry fountain’, also called ‘strawberry pyramid’ or ‘strawberry tower’. This original cultivation method allows you to grow a maximum of strawberries in a minimum of space and thus have a big harvest even in a small garden or on a small balcony!
A clever method for a miraculous harvest!
Following the same principle as the potato tower, this growing method takes advantage of vertical space and allows to significantly increase yields even in a very small space. Whether your strawberry fountain is built with wooden planks, recycled pallets or even a plastic barrel… the surface area used will be up to one square meter for a significant harvest. In good growing conditions, a strawberry plant produces a yield of about 400 to 700 g of strawberries (see more). Knowing that you can plant up to 48 seedlings on a strawberry fountain, you can easily get over 30 pounds of strawberries in a year.
A few tips for a rich harvest!
-Choose the right types: In order to get a bountiful harvest during the beautiful season, it is advisable to plant different varieties, early, late and so-called remontant varieties, which ensure a dazzling harvest from May until the first frost.
-Bring a quality substrate: Although they can be grown in most soils, strawberries prefer cool, permeable and rich in organic matter. To do this, prepare a mixture that ideally consists of 30% garden soil (non-calcareous), 30% good horticultural soil, 30% white peat and 10% river sand.
-Don’t forget to water the strawberries: Strawberries are water intensive and should be watered regularly, especially in hot weather. Watering is a determining factor in the formation and development of future fruits. But beware, strawberries also do not like excess water. In summer, water preferably in the evening or very early in the morning to prevent the water under the sun from evaporating quickly.
To discover more creative ideas to make your own beautiful strawberry fountain, I invite you to visit our Pinterest page: DIY Strawberry Fountains. Finally, I also invite you to discover our other horticultural ideas to easily make yourself!