Simple DIY Strawberry Tower for Aquaponic or Hydroponic Growing

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PVC pipes can be made into a vertical grow system for strawberries that works amazingly well while maximizing space.  This setup is perfect for either aquaponic or hydroponic setups.

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strawberry-tower2These towers are constructed from thin PVC pipe with slots cut at 8-inch increments on opposite sides of the pipe.

 

strawberry-tower3The area above each slot is then heated until the pipe becomes flexible.  (PVC should always be carefully heated in a well-ventilated area)  Once the pipe is flexible, the area above each slot can be pushed in to the back of the pipe, close enough so the grow medium doesn’t fall through but with enough space for water to trickle down the pipe to each plant.

 

strawberry-tower4When you’re done, you’ll have alternating pockets down each side of your new grow tower.  To keep water from dripping out the edges of the slits, a collar can be made out of leftover pieces of pipe and glued to each slot opening.

strawberry-tower5Finally, a cap is made to fit at the bottom of the tower if the water won’t be draining directly into a tank.  Several of these towers can be connected together horizontally.  The towers can be hung using wire or chain and S-hooks fitted into holes drilled at the top of the pipe.  Then each pocket in the tower is filled with grow medium – in this case, expanded shale.

 

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As you can see, this setup grew beautiful, large strawberry plants its first season in use.  Check out the video for more details and step by step instructions on how to build a PVC strawberry tower yourself.