A Peony, and How to Plant a Strawberry Pot

As you can also see from my new header, on Friday the first Peony finally opened!

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😀

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And now for the Strawberry Pot…

I have had this beautiful strawberry pot for about 10 years now, yet have never had much success growing anything in it.

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The problem is that the little pockets just don’t soak up any water in dry weather, so the plants dry up while the top flourishes… I didn’t plant it at all last year – such a shame.

The solution? I googled strawberry pots and found a great way to deal with this watering problem. If you have a similar pot this may be useful for you too.

This is what you need:

A strawberry pot, and a piece of pipe the same height has your pot (30cm in my case) and about 5cm in diameter…

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(If, like me, you are not adept with drills yourself) A man of many talents to drill some holes in the pipe (sorry, not available for the photo!).

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A nylon stocking/sock(!) and a little adhesive tape…

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Some potting compost…

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And some plants (not necessarily strawberries!). I used some bacopa and blue lobelia, and a pink geranium for the top.

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First, mark where the holes in the pipe should be, as in the pictures above – they don’t need to be very big. For a 30cm pipe I have four rows of four holes.

Put a piece of nylon stocking over the top of the pipe and pull it down to almost the bottom. Cut off the excess and tape it in place. This stops soil from entering the pipe and clogging it up.

Put a little compost in the base of the pot and press the pipe into the centre, then fill the pot lightly with soil to hold the pipe in place. Now push the plants into the pockets and fill up compost all around them, pressing firmly. When the pockets are finished you can then fill the pot to the top and add a plant to the top too. Don’t worry if the pipe/stocking is still visible – the plants will soon cover it. Water through the stocking covered pipe! It will seep slowly into the lower end of the pot and (hopefully!) keep all the pockets supplied with moisture.

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This photo is two weeks later, and it seems to be working very well…

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I also bought some smaller pieces of pipe to bury next to my tomato plants to aid watering. And some smaller watering cans to relieve my wrists. It means walking to the outdoor water supply more often, but seeing as my legs are fine I think this is the only solution!

Have you got any tips for watering?

35 thoughts on “A Peony, and How to Plant a Strawberry Pot

  1. The blue pot is a lovely colour and qI like the plants you’ve chosen for it. I used to have a similar shaped pot and I struggled to keep it moist, you can chose drought tolerant plants, like thyme, which also look good. Christina

    • I haven’t seen that kind of pot yet, although there are various self-watering pots available here – mostly with just a reservoir under the soil.

    • Thank you Charlie. Watering can get rather tedious if it’s hot, so I’m glad I found this solution – glad it might help you too. 😀

  2. Your Peony is so beautiful Cathy! (Still waiting on mine. We’re in the midst of a huge thunderstorm tonight and I’m hoping the peony buds won’t be damaged.) And I love the way you’ve planted your blue pot.

  3. Love your strawberry pot and the pipe idea surely has merit. I am just replanting my strawberries into hanging pots of the same style: I find that if I water thoroughly at planting, I can just play over the pots with a hose a few minutes once the top 1/2 cm is dry and it works. Love your peony: don’t have any in my garden at the moment . . .

    • I bet they look lovely in hanging baskets – I gave up on baskets a few years ago as I do occasionally forget to water them and then they have to come down to be revived! Have a lovely week Eha!

  4. Cathy, you just made my day. I have exactly the same pot and all I’ve managed to keep alive in it over the past 3 years is a thyme in one of the lower pockets that has gone wild without ever looking particularly happy about it. Finally, the solution!

    • I’m so glad I’ve been able to help! I’ve tried all sorts of things and the last few years I had just one plant in the top… or none at all!. I admit I was a little sceptical at first, but it really seems to be working after over two weeks now! 😀

  5. Great idea Cathy! I’d given up on strawberry pots because they just seem so impractical, but I should maybe try using the pipe watering system. Love the new header – such a vibrant colour.

    • So many people have said the same, I’m surprised they aren’t sold with a built in pipe… or maybe they are somewhere in the world! Have a good week Sarah. 😀

  6. Wo habt ihr das Drainage-Rohr angebracht? In der Erde oder im Topf? Ist der Topf unten offen?
    Die Pfingstrosen brauchen hier noch etwas, aber in deinem Header sehe ich ja schon eine. 🙂
    Liebe Grüsse – Uta

    • Mein Topf hat ein Abzugsloch – ich habe ein Stein darüber gelegt, und dann ein bisschen Erde. Das Rohr steckt man in die Mitte vom Topf in etwas Erde, über das Loch. Hoffe das ist verständlich!
      Have a nice Pfingstmontag!

  7. This is fantastic, Cathy! It’s so clever and would be a marvelous answer. At first I couldn’t figure out why the stocking, but that’s a brilliant solution. I have two strawberry pots I haven’t used in years. I found them frustrating. 🙂 And your peony is just gorgeous. I can’t grow them in our too-warm climate, but I find them just gorgeous. Love your banner photo. 🙂

  8. Awesome why didn’t I think of THAT!!!!!! lol I never yanked out my Strawberries from pot last year and they are growing still even after our winter! Gifts I love them when I pick up more pots at yard sales I shall do this and add succulents

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