Mark Rayner has a nifty watering device for your strawberry planter and adds a decorative touch.
You will need: A plastic strawberry planter sandpaper, paint brushes, including artists' brush, 12 strawberry plants, a length of cardboard tube – at least 40mm in diameter, a length of thick dowel (a broom handle will do), large nail or punch, hammer and good quality potting mix. Resene Smooth Surface Sealer, Resene Lumbersider tinted to the following colours: Resene Limelight, Resene Red Hot and a testpot of Resene Green Leaf.
Top tip: Inserting a tube running down its centre makes watering the planter much easier and ensures even distribution of water.
Lightly sand the entire outside wall of the planter to provide a 'key' so paint will adhere to the surface.
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the planter and allow to dry for two hours.
Paint the calyx and seeds of each strawberry with two coats of Resene Green Leaf and allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Use a nail or hole punch and hammer to make holes down the side of the cardboard tube, as shown.
Fill the base of the planter with potting mix up to the lowest row of holes and plant the first row of strawberry plants, feeding each plant back through the hole so as not to damage the roots.
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