How to Grow Strawberries in a Wood Pallet
Fresh, juicy, sweet red strawberries add bright pops of color to any garden, and make delicious snacks and family meals. Don’t have room for a traditional garden? Did you know you can grow strawberries in a wood pallet? Any patio or deck can become your personal garden with an addition of a wood pallet strawberry patch.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Find a pallet
- While wearing rubber gloves, mix one part bleach with one part water in a bucket. Take a scrub brush, dip it in the bleach water, and scrub the pallet clean. This will help remove dirt, debris, and chemicals.
- Rinse the pallet with water, and allow to dry in the sun for 24 hours.
- Measure the pallet’s length and width with a measuring tape. Add 6 inches to each of the 4 sides for overhang.
- Lay out a piece of landscaping fabric (weed barrier) and draw out the wooden pallet’s dimensions with chalk. Cut out the chalk outline.
- Lay the pallet flat, and staple or nail the fabric to the back, making sure the overhang covers the sides. Make sure you have stapled/nailed every 2 to 3 inches so the soil doesn’t fall out of the pallet.
- Place the pallet upright in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- Fill the pallet with organic potting mix, making sure to fill all the cracks and crevices.
- Now it’s time to plant the strawberries. You can purchase strawberry starts (small plants) at a nursery or home improvement store. You could also use larger strawberry plants. Dig a hole in the soil about 3 inches from the side of the pallet about 3 inches deep, and place the strawberry plant in it. Fill the hole back in with the soil you dug out and press it down gently. Repeat this process for the entire wooden pallet, making sure you leave about 8 inches between each plant. Give the plants a good soak of water.
- Continue to water the plants when you notice the soil feels dry. It’s best to water the plants in the morning.
- With pruning shears, cut back any tall shoots that appear, so the plants will fit in the pallet.
- Every 2 weeks, you should fertilize your plants. In a watering can, add 1 teaspoon of 20-20-20 nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium water soluble fertilizer, fill with water, and mix.
- When the temperature outside drops below freezing, add 3 inches of mulch to cover the plants.
- Every 3 years, remove the plants and soil, and repeat the process to continue enjoying fresh strawberries.