So I have all these pieces of wood from the deck that aren't suitable for much because most have dry rot pretty bad and while I am good with letting them just rot some were slightly usable. I put some on the hillside to use as steps but I decided to make a cheap strawberry bed with the others. I eat a lot of strawberries as part of my daily diet and they can be pricey..I have room in the veggie garden so I decided to build one.
Strawberry beds are a different size than my other planter beds. My normal planters are 4 feet by 8 feet to fit a lot of plants. I made the strawberry beds only 2 feet wide by 8 feet long. That way I can put 2 strawberry plants across and get to them as I need. I started off by picking some of the better boards and cutting them to size with a circular saw.
|Easy cutting with a circular saw|
|Left board is cracked - using a smaller piece and screwing them together.|
|Making the patch|
|Screwing the corner post to one side board|
|Finished the corner|
|Framing is finished! Long narrow bed is perfect for strawberries.|
|Next I used a roll of gopher guard that I had leftover in my garage and the width of the bed fit the gopher wire perfectly|
|Staple the wire into place|
|To hold the dirt in a bit better I put a layer of cardboard down first.|
|Filled it up with compost and soil|
|The 3 beds - I put straw back over the strawberry one to keep the soil from blowing off. The other 2 beds will be for onions and garlic this winter.|
I am planting garlic now from one of the best garlic heads from last years crop.
The prettiest and largest garlic head from last years crop! I hope it grows as well this year!