The strawberry pots are working out!

The strawberry pots worked out well - see how the berries are held out securely away from most pests.

The strawberry pots worked out well – see how the berries are held out securely away from most pests.

I’m so glad I tried these strawberry pots one more time, this time making sure to add plenty of peat moss and keeping them on a regular watering schedule. The don’t take a lot of water, you just need to keep them wet with regular doses of small amounts. Mine are a morning routine, I use a container so I can make sure all the little cups are getting wet. But, drip would work. 

Looking for these red gems puts a spring in my step every morning.

Looking for these red gems puts a spring in my step every morning.

I also planted strawberries in my bamboo pots. I get the bamboo as it grows under my fence from a neighbor’s yard. The heavy plastic pots provide anchorage and plenty of damp soil. The bamboo grows over 12 feet tall, and provides shade in the late afternoon heat. And it ‘s very compatible to strawberries.

These hanging baskets are working out okay after some mishaps.

These hanging baskets are working out okay after some mishaps.

The strawberries I planted in the hanging baskets have been an interesting experiment. The baskets don’t all hold enough dirt, the top most plants being strained and sad looking. But, as long as I water them religiously on  a schedule, they grow, and they’re strating to pay off. They were doing fairly well when that big North wind came up a couple of weeks ago, and dumped them on the ground beneath my clotheline. My husband happened upon them and used his Leatherman to fasten them on good, and now they are recuperating nicely.

The top plants are strained from the hot sun, but the lower baskets are lush and starting to put off ripe berries.

The top plants are strained from the hot sun, but the lower baskets are lush and starting to put off ripe berries.

It’s nice to get something for work and patience. I don’t know how many times over the last month or so I’ve wanted to abandon these, but  reminded myself, they don’t really take a lot of water, and the payoff is literally “sweet”.

Here it is - already eaten as we speak.

Here it is – already eaten as we speak.

My husband planted all kinds of tomatoes this year, plants he grew from seed as well as those we bought around town, or from friends. We ended up with so many, we didn’t have enough space in our garden. We gave some away, others we planted in big plastic tree pots from the nursery. They have turned out beautifully, and gave us our first ripe tomato yesterday.

This absolutely typical June weather will make my plants grow like crazy. Within a couple of days, our tomato plants will be up over our heads. 

This echinacea is growing out of a pot hardly bigger than a cereal bowl.

This echinacea is growing out of a pot hardly bigger than a cereal bowl.

Look at this baby - must be that Worm Farm dirt!

Look at this baby – must be that Worm Farm dirt!

The flowers are doing well too. These echinacea above grew from seeds we gathered from a plant we bought years ago at the Farmer’s Market. I grow them in containers all around the yard because they are a favorite of gophers. I watched one go down a hole right in front of me, and immediately went about digging up every one!

Can you believe that big plant in one little pot?

Can you believe that big plant in one little pot?

Containers have worked well so far, keeping the water usage down to a dull roar. And, it’s a fun routine, moving around the yard/garden looking for fruit and vegies among the leaves.

 

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