4/5/11

DIY: Wire Basket Into Strawberry Planter

Strawberry Time!
Since we're probably only renting this house for one spring season we're not planting a traditional garden in the backyard. I still wanted the kids to be able to enjoy the process of watching something grow and bear fruit though so Sebastian and I went to our local Ace Hardware and picked out four strawberry plants. They're going to live on our porch where we can keep a watchful eye on the hungry birds and squirrels. Or curious little fingers that like to pull things out of their pots!

Strawberry Time!
I didn't want to spend more money on a long planter so I hauled out some wire baskets that have been sitting around since the move and picked up some coconut liners that go with wire planters. I could've used a bigger one for the wide basket. I pushed it down into the basket and trimmed the rounded edges. Then I stuffed those in to make up for the shorter ends.

Strawberry Time!
Then I added my fertilized dirt and berry plants and gave them a nice long soak to get the air bubbles out.

My strawberries had an accident
Pretend you don't see the strawberry plant having an accident. It got a little excited.

Strawberry Time!
I added a smaller coconut liner to the round basket after cutting a triangle shape out for an easier fit and put our last plant in a pot that has a big old crack in it from the winter weather.

Strawberry Time!
I've added a few new flowers to the set up this year. My favorite being this English daisy mix. I'm also hoping for Ranunculus bulbs to bring me something pretty in a few weeks!

Have you planted anything yet this spring?

xoxo,
Rachel

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23 comments:

Cheray Natalie said...

What a cute idea!
I just found 2 wire baskets today & since I have a small balcony I might just give this a try! (I had the cutest little strawberry plant last year - but some birds stole my baby strawberries! sad!)
Oh - & congrats on making 4000 followers :)
x

Katie said...

it's so simple and cute and perfect for summer! i love it

Danielle said...

That is a lovely idea. Very simple and I am sure it makes them a little easier to maintain. Oh I am so ready to go plant some flowers now.

patience said...

i almost never have the urge to plant or grow anything...but strawberries IS something i would want to grow and have nearby! i sent this link to a friend of mine though because while i may just think about it - she's the type of person who would actually do it!

cca319 said...

Yeah, great idea! I like it :-)

Sobinique said...

What a great idea! I love the wire baskets! I didn't plant anything yet but I will keep this idea in mind!

melissa said...

i haven't planted anything yet..but i've been thinking about it constantly. i may try the wire basket strawberries:) that sounds easy enough and my little ones would love to watch them grow.

Mandi @ make it dear said...

looks very cute and easy for little ones!

Sherry said...

Love this idea! I can't wait to start planting our garden this Thursday...hopefully!

jungle dream pagoda said...

That coconut liner is so interesting!
I am unfamiliar with it!
Love that you are setting up a little temporary garden for the kids!! I am about to plant some herbs in for indoors. I have never done this before...but have been cooking lately with fresh herbs!

Kendra said...

This is fantastic! I really want a garden, but I'm a renter too and we have no yard, at all! We used to grow strawberries in the yard when I was little and it was so much fun! I'll have to look into making a little wire planter soon!
Thanks so much for sharing :)

kira said...

This is so cute, totally makes me want to start planting!

I was waiting until we could put in our garden (my husband has to grade the yard first), but I never thought about using planters! I should do this.

Kristen said...

Great idea! They plants look great on your porch

Emeli said...

Ooohhh - I just love this post! It reminds me that spring is finally here! Thanks :)
<3
emeli at lovely-chaos.blogspot.com

craftattacks said...

so lovely! I planted edibles for the first time, this Spring, and am SO excited!

he calls me wifey said...

oh my goodness, such a fabulous idea!!

hollie said...

I have never really planted anything before but I ordered some Ranunculus bulbs a few weeks ago because they are my FAV! First time I will be trying my hand at 'gardening'. I haven't planted them yet but think I should probably get on that....
Hope to see pictures of your ranunculus when it blooms!!

charity said...

I can't remember how long I've been a follower. About 2 months maybe. I need to make sure I am an official follower, not just a blog stalker ;) Congrats!

Sunshine Monica said...

i am totally going to steal this. I am currently starting my first garden and I am trying to think of creative ways to display it. Thank you much!

and congrats ont he 4,000+ followers :)


sunshine

One Woman... said...

These are really beautiful and so easy (and cheap!) to do... This year I actually get ot have a full real garden but will keep these in mind for when I eventually have to move and go back to growing things in pots!

Ada's Decoration Inspiration said...

I spotted carrots in our garden already (yaaaay -- 1st time planting). Strawberries next .. maybe :) .. still a bit intimidated :) + probably want to check on them every day :)

littlemessyla said...

I loved this post! So simple but so effective..and strawberries are certainly the yummiest thing to grow.
Last night I planted lettuce, rocket, garlic, parsley and some strawberries! I am so excited to see them grow and eat the rewards!
:)

Jennifer M. said...

That's a cool idea. I have such a black thumb that I can't even keep houseplants alive, so it definitely wouldn't have occured to me to put fruit plants in pots too! Who knew you could do that? Lol. ;)