This is a 20 minutes "do it yourself" and in no time at all have lush healthy strawberries. March and April are ideal for planting so get started now! :)
$8 -4 or more cinder blocks
$4 -Potting mix, or well draining rich soil
$4 -10 strawberry seedlings, or more if you make yours larger
Approximate total cost
PS- Sorry about the pictures. I took pictures for this project, but they were erased, so I used mostly generic pictures. The one of the planter is my actual cinder block planter though.
Step 1: Pick a Location, Lay the Bricks
Strawberries need full sun,meaning at least 8 hours a day. So pick an area that doesn't get shaded by a tree, fence, other garden vegetables etc. Also, strawberries come back each year, so pick an area that won't be walked or or disturbed all year around. Next spring the strawberries will com up on their own!! :)
Lay your bricks out, in any pattern you choose, with the open sides up as shown. If you have 10 plants and 4 bricks the pattern i chose works well. I really would have liked to make the strawberry bed larger, and in the case that you do, try to make a more interesting pattern or something fun.
Try laying the bricks as neatly as possible to avoid making pockets between them. If your setup really will be there for years go ahead and mortar it if you like. At some point all the cracks will fill with dirt and weeds may grow, but if you lay them carefully or mortar them together it will definitely help. Perhaps even weed block fabric under them whole planter would help, but I am not because I want the roots to be able to penetrate and the soil to drain well.