Despite their home’s idyllic bush location, with stunning views of the Waitakere Ranges, Gareth and Keri had been reluctant to use their outdoor space for fear of falling through the rotten decking!

Being the main entertainment space off the living room and kitchen, we wanted to give the family a safe entertaining area and put a bit of love back into their neglected hanging garden. This project involved a demolition job of epic proportions including removing a very large stump from the middle of the deck, and a complete re-build which involved setting new posts and support beams.

In keeping with all that is good about a hippie home, Dan also created a stunning steel and wood feature wall with LED lighting and a  new vertical strawberry patch which will be a draw card of the space come summer. 

How to: Grow your own hanging strawberries

* Hang planter pockets onto the wall

* Pre-make a mix of Tui Strawberry Mix and Tui Sheep Pellets

* Fill each pocket with the pre-made mix, about ¾ full

* Soak the Strawberry plants in Seasol

* Place the strawberry plants into the pocket

* Back fill with more mix

* Finish with Tui Strawberry Straw to keep in moisture and keep out bugs

* Water well

Plants we used

Zealandia Strawberry plants. 

Tui products we used

Tui Strawberry Mix

Tui Strawberry Straw

Tui Sheep Pellets

Seasol

Visit the Tui website for more information on this project and the products used, including a detailed step-by-step guide to growing your own strawberries

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