By popular demand… here is how the strawberry tower, made from a laundry basket has worked over the past 15 months.
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Did it work??? Strawberry Tower Update // 15 Months Later

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  • kaos j

    I transplanted about 3 dozen strawberry plants from my aquaponics into a hamper grow tower two days ago. They have been droopy ever since. Soil has been moist and crowns out of the soil I suppose that i may have damaged the roots while trimming the lengthy roots prior to transplanting. Probably have to watch them die now šŸ™

  • runslowrunner

    I have had great success with "upside down" planters. Continuous production, no bug problems. I think hanging them from the patio rafters is why. I have tried different varieties of strawberries but the Sequoia is the hardiest and dependable. I have had the joy of eating a strawberry in December!

  • Caroline L

    Hi! I am interested in making this and I have a laundry basket and some existing strawberry plants. I have some problems though and was wondering if you could help me. 1) I do not have any landscaping fabric, could I use a garbage bag with holes poked through for drainage? 2) I have strawberry plants, but they are planted in bad soil and not producing very well, I 'd like to rescue them by digging them up and re-planting them in the tower, could I do this, or would I just kill them?

  • Garden with Pro-Gro

    Iā€™m looking forward to giving something like this a go- we have quite a few varieties that we are trying to grow from seed. When they get big enough we will try this!

    So far we have: Fresca, Giant, alpine white seeds which we are hoping will germinate in the next couple days.

    Love your work- keep it up.

  • Paul Smith

    I have used laundry baskets as grow towers for years. I source mine from Big Lots.
    I have learned that a drip system is the way to go also. As I fill my tower with soil, I make a circular chain with 1/4" soaker hose layered about every 6". Just make a loop of soaker hose using a dripper line tee, with the tee pointed to the center of the loop. Then attach the loop to Your 1/4" vertical supply tube; the tube terminates at the top.
    I usually soak my towers about 1/2 hour a day with a timer/ 1-2 Am.

  • Gillian Esquilant

    Well, that's good to know as I just went and purchased the same laundry basket you did and will be planting it exactly as you did but now minus the plastic tube. I do recall seeing once, a heavy duty cardboard tube filled with metal (tiny stones) or gravel so might use that method down through the core so as it will not dry out.

  • michbushi

    You can use the failed watering pipe as a composting/worm tower. I've seen people installing them right into grow beds/grow patches and they do marvels. Chuck your food scraps in, throw in few earth worms, and they will colonize the entire tower (they will colonize it anyways, just if you throw few in for starters, it's gonna be faster), eating your scraps, spreading worm droppings, and aerating it's entire volume.

  • daniel yousif

    New to your channel and also new to gardening. I loved the original video and have just built one myself. I used the tube as well and had the same problem with it not holding water long. I'm going to try it again with alot fewer holes.