Step 4: Planting The First Row

Place a piece of screen or pebbles in the bottom of your pot to stop the soil from seeping out during watering. Now is the time to insert the PVC pipe in the middle and fill the pot with the potting mix up to the first set of holes pushing down the soil around the pipe to keep it in the middle. Then separate your smaller strawberry plants and shake the excess dirt off the roots , trying not to damage the root system. Usually you will find out that there are two or three plants per container. Place the root end through the hole of the first row and and dirt through the top and pat down, being careful to keep the PVC pipe in the middle of the pot. Add more soil through the top till the next row.
I just wanted to say thank you for your easy to understand steps for planting strawberries in a terracotta pot. My mother and I decided to plant strawberries and bought a few to start with but neither one of us knew the first thing about planting them in a pot!<br><br>I went on the internet and found your step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish our goal. I even found a PVC pipe in the yard that I needed. I had to improvise for the power tool with a very sharp knife but I was able to cut the pipe to the size I wanted and to carve holes in it. Don't recommend this but I really needed to use the knife in this case.<br><br>Can't wait for the next 30 days when the strawberries start to grow. I would like to send a picture when this takes place because without this site and your know-how there wouldn't have been this elation I feel with having completed my project for the first time! Thank you again.
I don't get why you have a water pipe. Why not just water the plants, the water will make it through to the lower plants eventually, right?<br /> <br /> Too bad my balcony is like a million degrees in the summer, everything dies there, otherwise i would consider strawberry plants too.<br />
main reason is when compost dries it forms a hard layer and slightly shrinks meaning the compost can pull away from the sides of the pot. &nbsp;When you water the water runs off the surface and down the sides of the pot and out the bottom.&nbsp; Putting a tube down the center and filling it with stones conserves water meaning it gets more evenly distributed. &nbsp;I've added a few more details about turning pots etc on my instructable here <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/</a>&nbsp;however this one has some great photos &amp; includes the addition of long lasting feed. &nbsp;I&nbsp;only tend to feed my strawberries via organic nettle feed I make myself and water twice a week.
Thanks for the answer, makes it all clearer to me.<br />
I actually use water pipes in a lot of my potted plants in the garden.&nbsp; I know from experience that It helps to force the roots to grow deeper.&nbsp; Watering from the top does not always get to the bottom, and it will dry out quicker.<br />
Thank's seolfor... I couldn't have said it better myself.
I see, and thanks for the reply. The things you learn :).<br />
hehe, almost like mine: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/</a><br /> <br /> Shame&nbsp;I couldn't enter it into the contest - I should have waited a couple of days till it was announced - I&nbsp;just assumed that I could add it later, but the rules of competitions have changed since my last set of entries.<br /> <br /> Good luck!
I guess it must be a great idea then.LOL.. well I dont think its a winner but after all it was my first one and I think I did pretty good considering.. As far as the pots go, I also have one at home with Herbs in it...

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