If a summer cottage has a small vegetable garden, this does not mean that it is worth giving up growing flowers, strawberries, strawberries and other crops. In this situation, you need to turn on your thinking and expand the landing area. But how to do it? Elementary construction of vertical beds will help solve the problem. There are many ideas for creating a similar design, but the most popular is the strawberry bed from the pipe, which can be placed horizontally and vertically.
Of the minuses, one can single out certain costs for the purchase of sewer plastic pipes. However, there is also a positive point here. PVC pipe is characterized by a long service life. A vertical bed will only require a one-time large investment. Further, the design will only bring profit in the form of delicious berries.
The main disadvantage of PVC pipe beds is their insulation for the winter. The fact is that a small amount of soil in a plastic container freezes during severe frosts. This kills the roots of the strawberry. To preserve the plantings, each pipe is wrapped with insulation for the winter. If the beds are small, they are brought into the barn.
So, having bought all the material, they start making the beds:
Sewer pipes on sale come in different lengths. You must immediately decide on the height of the beds. If only pipes that are too long have been bought, they are cut into pieces of the required size. The ideal height is a strawberry bed made of PVC pipes 2 m long.
When blanks are cut from plastic pipes of large diameter, they begin to manufacture an irrigation system. A thin polypropylene tube is cut into pieces 10 cm longer than thick workpieces.
The lower part of the irrigation pipe is closed with a plug. Starting from the top, the third part of it is drilled with a conventional drill 3-4 mm in diameter. The holes are made at approximately equal intervals.
The perforated workpiece is wrapped with a piece of burlap, securing it with copper wire. The fabric will prevent soil from clogging the drain holes. A similar procedure is carried out with all thin tubes.
Next, proceed to the processing of a thick pipe. For work, you will need an electric drill with a crown nozzle with a diameter of 15 cm. Holes are cut out on the side wall of the pipe using a crown. The first is located 20 cm above ground level. Here it is also necessary to take into account the part of the pipe buried in the ground, if this method of installing the beds is supposed. The remaining holes are drilled in 20 cm increments. The number of seats depends on the height of the structure. If the structure is installed leaning against the wall, then the planting nests are drilled only from the front side of the bed. In another case, the perforation of the sewer pipe is staggered on both sides.
The drilled thick workpiece is closed from below with a plug, after which it is vertically installed in its permanent place.
Inside a vertically standing sewer pipe, insert a thin perforated workpiece strictly in the center with the plug down. The space of a thick pipe is covered with gravel to a height of 10 cm, and then filled with fertile soil to the top. For better stability, it is good if the vertical bed from above is fixed to a reliable support.
The soil is watered through a drainage tube until it is completely saturated with moisture. Strawberry or strawberry bushes are planted in the planting nests.
Further care of strawberry plantations implies only timely watering and feeding through drainage tubes.