Terra Cotta Tower




Terra Cotta Tower

So after posting a quick snapshot of my weekend project I seem to have peeked the interest of many backyard gardeners.  Ok, not a whole weekend project.  Really didn’t take me all that long, couple hours total.  Seeing how much everyone, myself included seemed to like this, I figured a quick how to blog post was warranted.

The Materials

  • 1x 5′ Piece of steal rebar (I bought a 1/2 inch wide 10 foot long piece and cut it in half with my grinder)
  • 1x 12″ Terra Cotta Pot for the base
  • 5x 8″ Terra Cotta Pots for the stack
  • 1x Bag of Potting soil
  • And whatever you feel like planting in your new masterpiece

Full disclosure, I first tried using a piece of dowel because it was less expensive…. not strong enough.  My stack was leaning over as soon as I added the potting soil.  So stick with the rebar.

Total cost for everything including 10 strawberry plants?  Just under;


Not too bad.  I was able to find the 8″ pots at the Dollar Store for 2.50 a piece so that helped.  But if you have some of the materials already you should be able to do this for less.  And I still have 5′ of rebar if I want to make another one.

The Process

First thing to do is pound in the rebar at least a foot in the ground.  ***MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO GAS OR ELECTRIC LINES***  Call before you dig!

I pre measured and 44″ is what I needed for my stack, so that’s what I did.


Next you slide in your base pot (the bigger one).  Then fill it with potting soil and remember to pack it down a bit as the next pot will be resting in the dirt.

Take a smaller pot and slide it down into the dirt and then fill it as well.  The other pots will be resting on the edges so you won’t need to pack these down.


Nothing complicated, just slide down, tilt, fill and repeat.



The Finished Product

And there you have it.

Terra Cotta Strawberry Tower of awesomeness!  I can’t wait to see what this looks like once it’s overflowing with strawberries.  I’ll be sure to update the post with some new photos once it does.

Now don’t think this is just for strawberries or even has to be this size.  This is what I did.  You can scale it to whatever you want.

My next one will be a smaller one for herbs.  Maybe even a 10 pot stack, who knows!

Let me know what you think!  And be sure to share if you love this idea.


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5 comments for “Terra Cotta Tower

  1. May 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Wow! This is such a great idea for decorative and utilitarian vertical gardening. I am definitely going to do this for nasturtium towers. Thanks for posting.
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  2. May 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Looks awesome! My wife and I would like to garden more, but have put it off so far as we have some pretty huge landscaping projects that are taking up our time and attention. I like that this doesn’t take up a lot of space. You could fit 15 pots in an area that typically would only fit three large pots.
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    • May 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Exactly! You could set one up for herbs, another for strawberries, one for lettuce and spinach. Whatever you want! I’m already thinking of making another one.

  3. May 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Honestly that is so cool! I have never seen anything like that before. Do you think I could do something like that, but just plant flowers in the pots?
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    • May 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      For sure, same process and then just plant flowers. Should work for anything really.
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