The EzGro Strawberry Patch is a brand new system designed specifically to maximize vertical space in order to grow strawberries. It may to be placed atop any flat surface, such as a deck, a rooftop, or even soil. The frame is made entirely of treated wood stained in a color of your choosing, and its attractive design will complement any style.
What You Will Need
It is of utmost importance to begin with a smooth, level surface. If your soil surface is not level, take care to prepare it by adding sand and using a level. This is the most important and involved step when setting up your Strawberry Patch. The area you choose should also receive plenty of sunlight, at least four or five hours per day. Take some time to make your decision, and observe the sunlight received in the space at several times throughout the day. This will ensure you select the very best location for your garden. Just like our other gardens, you will need a nearby source of water. An electrical outlet is necessary if you do not choose to add a solar panel. If placing the garden on a deck or rooftop, it is important to consider the weight. When full, the 50-gallon nutrient reservoir will weigh about 350 pounds, and each tower will weigh approximately X pounds. You’ll also need a drill or screwdriver and clear PVC primer and glue.
This is the perfect system to grow strawberries right in your own backyard. The space-saving design utilizes vertical space so you can harvest strawberries from eye-level. This eliminates the back pain associated with bending over to harvest low-growing strawberries from the ground. It is recommended to start with bare-root strawberry plants for your garden, which may be available at a local garden center. Alternatively, they may be purchased online and shipped directly to you. One or two plants may be planted per pocket for a total of 240 to 480 strawberry plants grown in the Strawberry Patch. The region and climate a grower lives will dictate the best time to plant strawberries. In northern regions, summer is the best time to grow plants with a planting date of April-May. In extreme southern regions of the United States, strawberries should be planted in autumn to take advantage of cooler winter temperatures. More information on this is available on your State or County Agricultural Extension Service website.
How it Works
The EzGro Strawberry Patch is specifically designed for the gardener who wants to grow strawberries on top of a flat surface such as a deck, a parking lot, or even a lawn area. The design of this system is unique and the footprint of the base system is 3.5 feet by 15 feet long. The system comes with everything you’ll need, including grow-media and enough nutrients for about one year. You’ll just need to provide the plants, water, and some basic tools. The quad pots stack on top of each other to take advantage of vertical space; the base system can accommodate more than 250 strawberry plants! The nutrient tank houses a submersible pump that delivers nutrient solution to each tower. Supply plumbing lines run under the frame at ground level, then up through the center of each tower. Once at the top, the nutrient rich water is distributed to each tower via a specially designed spout. It gets distributed evenly when it passes through the dispersion pot, then percolates over the root system of each plant. Roots take up the nutrients they need, and the remainder of the solution returns back to the reservoir where it will be recirculated through the rest of the system.
The base system is composed of 10 towers, each on a pedestal that is supported by a sturdy wooden frame. The base kit includes everything necessary to get started: your choice of white or terracotta quad pots, a 50-gallon nutrient tank, the wooden frame (stained in a color of your choice) to support the towers, all the plumbing parts needed, and even durable pruners for harvest. There are several options and upgrades available so that the system can be customized for your site and your needs. The Strawberry Patch has 10 towers with 6 pots per tower in a 3.5 foot by 15 foot frame. The next size up is 3.5 feet by 21 feet, which accommodates 15 towers with 6 pots per tower and up to 720 strawberry plants.
Strawberries are a delicate fruit that are the most flavorful when they are allowed to ripen on the plant. By growing them at home, you can take advantage of this huge benefit. Whether you are growing on a deck or in a garden bed, the Strawberry Patch is the perfect resource to grow tons of delicious, fresh strawberries!