How to Plant a Strawberry Container Garden

Strawberries are trailing plants, which means that they trail down from containers, even containers like a pair of old rain boots! Your home garden will be "boot-i-ful" with this fun project.

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4. Make a deep hole in the top of the boot.

Add in a third strawberry plant. Use your fingers to press the soil gently around the plant, making sure the crown is level with the soil.

Non-Traditional PlantersEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Add eggshells.

Cover the surface with eggshells as decorative mulch. This will also help stop snails and slugs from getting to the leaves and fruit. Water the plants well around the roots for the first couple of days.

Broken Egg Shells Stop Snails and SlugsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Water the plants.

Do not overwater as the strawberry plants grow. Too much water may cause the plants to rot. But do feed them with tomato fertilizer every one or two weeks until they begin to fruit. Place the boots near to your front or back door if it is a sunny spot, since birds are not likely to go there.

Water Strawberries with CautionEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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