Adorable and edible? I'm in!

Jaime Milan
April 16, 2020
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Due to social distancing regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, people are spending more time in their gardens and growing their own food. But not everyone has the outdoor space to cultivate a garden, and some people (ahem, me) are intimidated by committing to raised garden beds full of crops that may or may not live until summer.

I prefer container gardening, and I stumbled upon the cutest garden idea that even apartment-dwellers can tackle: hanging baskets of strawberries. As long as you have access to sunshine and a place to hang a pot, you can take on this little DIY project.

According to Bonnie Plants, strawberries like full sun—eight or more hours each day—and thrive with weekly watering and rich, slightly acidic soil (consider a bagged potting mix like Miracle-Gro or add in some compost). You can use a moss- or coconut fiber-lined hanging basket, or get creative with kitchen items like a large colander (just make sure the holes are relatively small). The sky's the limit for this adorable DIY gardening project!

There are a couple of ways to plant strawberries in hanging baskets. If you're opting for a moss-lined basket, simply fill it halfway with potting soil and use a paring knife or box cutter to cut several v-shaped holes around the sides of the moss. Just don't make your holes too big or wide, as you don't want to lose precious potting soil. Then, you're ready to plant your strawberries directly in the outer holes of the basket. (Here's a helpful video on how to plant 'em!)

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If you're opting for a coconut fiber basket, just fill your vessel halfway with potting soil and plant strawberries at a slight angle towards the edges of the basket so they can easily spill over. If you're opting for a colander or basket with large holes, consider lining the inside with some newspaper or coffee filters to prevent soil from falling through before planting your strawberries.

In less than a month, you should have ripe strawberries! Until then, you can dream about all the ways to use them (like in a refreshing strawberry salad or decadent strawberry cobbler). Yum!