Last year I had such good luck with the strawberry pots my mom gave me, I decided to try some new ones. But the terra cotta pots are too expensive, so I made do with some old plastic pots I had around the garden.
We’ve got all kinds of plant containers, we never throw them away until they are disintegrating. We had a stack of old tree pots that had been sitting forever, and they were starting to rot. I dug a little hole about six inches deep and set one of them in the ground, then filled it up with a good potting mix of peat moss and perlite. I watered them well, to get the soil compacted. Then I took a utility knife with a brand new razor in it and cut little flaps, like upside-down U’s, at intervals, high and low, all around the pot. The plastic was pretty soft, I could bend the little flaps down and they stuck out. Then I took a stick and made little holes in the soft wet dirt above each flap. Into each one I stuck a baby strawberry plant, and tamped it in. When I finished filling all the holes this way, I gave it another thorough watering.
Today they looked great, so I started another one. I have a lot of these pots, and quite a few baby strawberries from last year.
My nopalitos are not nopalitos anymore – they are big, grand Nopal cacti. I’ve been watching for new nodules.
Would you believe, Spring is still four days away?