Gary helped me build a mini strawberry tower. The beauty of growing strawberries in a tower is the strawberries don't touch the ground and aren't subject to rot, mildew or slugs. Each layer is set on the lower one without being attached, so the tower can easily be dismantled if necessary.
The bottom layer is 30 inches square. Subsequent levels are set back about five inches to allow planting of the strawberries at each level. The tower is set directly on top of the ground and filled with a good growing soil. This gardening project takes less than a couple of hours to complete from beginning to end. We used 2 x 4s but you could also use 2 x 6s for a deeper root growing depth. I think we used three 8 foot boards we had on hand.
The variety of strawberry I got is Quinault which is an everbearing strawberry. This was so easy to build I think I might build one more. Nothing is better than fresh picked strawberries plus I know they won't have any pesticides on them.
I plan to make a cover with chicken wire to protect the strawberries from critters tempted to eat my strawberries. Strawberries are hardy and will come back each year so the initial investment is well worth it. Don't you think a strawberry leaf looks a little like a shamrock? Happy St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.