Our new strawberry bed


We needed a new bed for our 12 strawberry plants and their daughter plants. We went to our local (Återbruk station) Re-purpose station on Friday. It is only open one day a week at this time of year.We had to track down the woman who works there. unfortunately we interrupted her lunch break. She was really nice to walk up and meet us. We originally had our eye on wooden containers they were using to store their wares. She informed us they didn’t have enough for our own use.

We told her we have another option that we saw in the back. We found and old antique door jam with no door in a pile. The older door jams are wider then the newer ones. We explained that we planned to use it for a raised strawberry bed. She said this is our junk pile so you can have it for free. She said if there is anything else you can use out of the pile feel free to help yourselves.

As luck would have it we forgot to bring any rope. The lady had a giggle when we put the seat down in the car and hooked the door jam on our front seat head rest. We used dog leashes to strap it down and tie the back door shut. The dog leashes are bright orange with reflex strips so we were legal.


We found our spot in the garden, when we got home. Hubby cut down under the grass-roots. We rolled the turf up. We do this because we re-purpose the sod in a low spot in our garden that rain water makes huge muddy puddles at the entrance to our back garden. We will not have to fight the grass weeds because we removed them in one shot. There is clay dirt under this. If you place newspapers, straw with out seeds, and then manure, it will decompose and turn the clay into soil. You then top it off with a layer of planting soil.


We used our snow shovel to roll it on to because it is so heavy. This makes it easier to pull it to the spot we chose for it. It saves our backs because we don’t have to lift it into a wheel barrel. We use our snow shovel for many uses in the summer time.





We put 9 x 40 liter bags of soil to top it off.



Late in the season last year we bought 12 small strawberry plants. I put them in the green house between the tomato plants. I tended them cutting off their daughter shoots and replanting them late into the winter.  This is what we had this year.



This is what the green house looked like after we transplanted them all.


We were surprised how many strawberry plants we had too. The Roots on the original 12 plants were between 6-8 inches deep. We got a surprisingly amount of large strawberries last year from them. I was surprised that we got any at all because they usually take three year old plants to start getting a good harvest from them. I am so looking forward to see how many strawberries that we get this summer from them.



I had originally thought, that we were going to have room for the Rhubarb plant in here as well. Hubby kept telling me that there wasn’t going to be enough room. He was right. We are going to need to go back and get another door jam for another bed later.


Posted on April 13, 2014, in Gardening and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hooray! You did it and got the wood for free! Just think how happy the strawberries will be with all that room!- Karen.

    • I know we are thrilled how easy it was to find something to re-purpose into a strawberry bed. The icing on the cake was that we got it for free. I want that to end up being a solid bed of strawberries. We are both hurting and trying to recupperate from it right now LOL.

      We will be visiting that place more often to see what other treasure that we can find and use in the garden.

      • It is such a good feeling when you create something good from nothing.
        I too had a great day. I was up at 5 a.m for the big Sunday market where they have stalls selling house clearance etc. I bought some lovely things for just a few pounds. No seeds this week.
        I think both physical work and early starts take their toll as we get older……..just making a neck of lamb casserole now. I am totally out of synch with the weather, ( which is lovely and sunny), but I wanted to use up the leeks from the kitchen garden.
        I am pleased to see that you have had good weather too, by looking at the photos.

      • It sounds like you had a great day. We enjoy going to auctions, second hand stores and indoor flea markets…

        Neck of lamb sounds delicious. I really like lamb meat. I got a great turkish stew recipe from a friend with lamb meat in it. It was the first time I had eaten lamb meat. We were hooked. Last year we bought two small lambs from a local farmer.

        Today was -1 to 14 degrees but we had gale force winds. I was wearing snowpants outside when we were transplanting the strawberries. It was cold but beautiful.

        I hope that you enjoy your dinner. Take care of yourself

  2. Marcella Rousseau

    I love your resourcefullness. You know what they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
    Once I bought a chaise lounge chair for my backyard and, like you, I forgot to bring rope. I used the seatbelts in the back of my car to anchor the chair and they worked great! I love your photo sequence. Very nicely done with very clear instructions. If I were you, I would buy all the door jams the lady has before she decides that she has a good market for door jams and begins to charge you!

    • I will have to remember the seat belts in a pinch in the future. We have a dog bag in our car with leashes, poopie bags, water bottles, collapsable water bowl and leashes for our dogs. I was just happy I thought of the leashes.

      Thanks for letting me know the post was easy to follow. I wrote it and my hubby edited for me. You are right we talking about going back and seeing if we can get more door jams.LOL

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