Strawberries – due to their small size and shallow root system – are ideal for planting in pots or containers. However, rubber boots can heat up in summer so remember to water the plants well.

HK Gumboot Planter

Equipment

What to do

  • 1. Begin by drilling some drainage holes into the bottom of the gumboots. If the soles are not too thick, you could use a screwdriver to make the holes.

  • 2. Fill the bottom of the gumboots to the depth of a few centimetres with a layer of pebbles. This will help to steady the gumboots in the wind and make it easier for water to drain out.

  • 3. Fill the gumboots to the top with potting mix.

  • 4. Remove a strawberry seedling from its container and place it in the hole. Make sure to plant only the roots into the soil. Firm the soil around the roots and water well.

  • 5. Repeat with the other strawberry seedlings.

  • 6. Fertilise with a seaweed solution, following the instructions on the packaging, to help the seedlings develop a strong root system.

  • 7. Mulch each gumboot planter with a layer of straw to help the plants retain moisture.

  • 8. Place in a location that gets lots of sunshine, and water regularly.

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