|Vertical Strawberry Moss Basket|
I came up with this idea as I embark on my first season of growing strawberries at home. I wanted to test out more vertical growing techniques and so, I in turn wanted to have a successful harvest. Moisture is a big part of that equation and moss is a perfect candidate to help retain a good balance. I gathered moss in sizable clumps and used it to line the shelves of a shower caddy I purchased specifically for this project, because I wanted it to hang flush against any wall space outside and hang downward, not sprawl across the ground, using vital grow space. I also wanted to protect it from the animals, so suspending it seemed like the best method to implement my idea.
The moss adds a beautiful and organic touch to my hanging basket, which I secure with twine on the backside, enclosing the moss to serve as containers to house the strawberry plants. The end result is a very cute and functional work of edible art, worthy of sharing and a focal point for a small grow space. I am excited to see how it progresses and I will certainly keep you posted. I chose three different types of strawberries, two of which are touted as best for growing when using a hanging basket, Allstar and Quinault, I also use Ozark Beautys. These are June bearing plants, but do not make a surplus of viney connections, which is not ideal for this type of vertical gardening. If you have more tips for growing strawberries vertically, myself and other readers would certainly appreciate your feedback. You may leave comments in the space below and I will also take questions, if you have any about assembling your very own moss 'growing' basket. Happy Gardening, the sky's the limit, literally!