Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (Part 2)

Pin It OH MY GOOD GOOD GOODNESS I think this is my favorite project so fare. I absolutely love this planter. I keep stepping out the door and looking at it. In <3
I have been wanting a strawberry planter for a few years now. When I started seeing these Funky Planters at the Nursery Shows for sale for 60 or more dollars. I decided this was the year I was going to build one. But you know me! :) I wanted mine more colorful. To see how I painted my pots you can go to Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (Part 1)

 I have never seen a demonstration on how to build one of these planters from the beginning so I want to share mine and Jeanne's steps with you.
You have to start out with your bottom pot a little larger then the rest, and of course you will need a rod. I wanted to anchor my rod in a little and weight down the bottom pot, to make sure it would not blow over.
I placed my rock so tight that the rod stood up by it's self.
My entire planter took 4 of these bags of soil.
I added water to the soil and pushed the soil down as hard as I could, to try and make the soil fit in around the rocks as tight as possible. I wanted to make sure the rod didn't tilt over in the pot. This trashed my nails, why didn't I wear gloves?
I completely filled this first pot with dirt. That completes the base pot of the Topsy Turvy Planter.
On to the tipsy pots; these pots have holes in the bottom all ready but when we placed them over the rod the holes were way off to the side, we found they were just to tipsy and would not stay up. Thank God I had Jeanne helping me today because she is real good at handling my husband big drill. She drilled a hole in the bottom just off center for me, but it wasn't big enough to go over the rod so she just moved the drill bit around in a circle until the hole was large enough. Thank You Jeanne!
Sliding the pot over the rod was really a lot of fun and very exciting. (I might have some problems if this is my fun and excitement.) LOL
Great fit! All you have to do is tip the pot to the opposite side of the rod and add dirt to hold it in place.
Just keep repeating these steps until you have all your pots stacked.
At this point I added more soil to top off my pots and started planting strawberry plants.

I used 3 different kinds of strawberry's one is my favorite only bears fruit in June and the other 2 are ever bearing so they will produce fruit all summer. I am so looking forward to just stepping out the front door and picking a strawberry, YUM YUM YUM !!! I am also hoping I can move this in to my garage in the winter and move it back out next spring so we can use it again next year too. I did notice the next day that my pots settled about 3/4 of an inch so my rod is just slightly higher then my top pot. So cut your rod about an inch shorter then what your pots measure.

If you remember in Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (part 1) I wasn't sure if I was totally satisfied with the finish of the pots, But I no longer think that the pots are too bright at all, and I also decided that they didn't need anymore decorating either. I know one thing, I am going to really enjoy this strawberry patch just out my front door step. :) :) :) Who wants to come visit me this summer and have a bite of strawberry on the way in the door?

I hope you try this space saving planter, it was one of the funnest and most exciting planters I have ever done. This would be great city or patio garden.
Hope you enjoy, Rosemary






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18 comments:

  1. This is SO AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing this tut! Fantastic!

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  2. I almost missed part 2, Glad I noticed it, this is fantastic! Great idea. I am a new follower. :-)
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  3. Oh my goodness Rose, this is SO cute! What size pots did you use and where did you get the rod? I'm thinking this is now on my summer project list!!! :-)

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  4. Thanks every one for all the compliments. I am enjoying the strawberrys very much.
    Angie, I used a 18 inch pot on the bottom, and the next largest pot is a 14 inch and then a 12 inch, 10 inch, 8 inch & a 6 inch. The rod is a masonary rod. (re-rod) My husband dragged it out from behind the shed, but I bet Port Huron Building Supply would cut you one the lenth you want. Hope you have as much fun making yours as I did making mine. :)

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    1. If the plants you are growing in the Topsy Turvy planter are perennials, as strawberries are, there is no need to go to the extra trouble of hiding it in the winter! For another thing, when the plants aren't growing during the winter or dormant time the planter can support decorations for any special occasion or holiday. I think this topsy turvy beats out any topsy turvy planters they sell to grow plants upside down!!! Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I adore!!!
    Ione

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  6. Genial! amei, ficou muito lindo e interessante! parabéns pelo trabalho!

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  7. UAU que genial! Amei essa ideia e vou tentar fazer. Beijos e ótima quinta.

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  8. What a Wonderful Idea, and the name sure fits! LOL Hope you don't get into copyright trouble. I am NOW a new follower (email), and look forward to seeing more original ideas like this! TERRIFIC!

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  9. I just have a group of different sized terra cotta pots and was going to something like this and now I want to thank you for your idea.. I do not have to think any more about what to do with them!!! I am a deck farmer.... Tomato's and cucumbers and Okra so far!!THANX Again

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  10. I originally found this idea on a home improvement show. They told us to use a bag of cement to anchor the bottom pot. I was on my way today to pick up my supplies today when I stopped my uncles house. I wanted him to see the finished product so I googled "topsy turvy pots" to show him. That's when I found your blog. Thank God I read it. It never occurred to me to use rocks. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am on a tight budget and you just saved me some much needed money!

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  11. on the topsy turvy planter, i put 3 ft of rebar into the ground with 3 foot to slide the pots on

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  12. Really i appreciate the effort you made to share the knowledge.The topic here i found was really effective to the topic which i was researching for a long time

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  13. excellent work thanks for sharing and keep it up

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