Re-purposing – everything old is new again!

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. 

I took the old strawberry plants out of my terra cotta pots a couple of weeks ago, and replaced them with the babies that had spread at the base of the pots.  Now they're already producing flowers and tiny berries.

I took the old strawberry plants out of my terra cotta pots a couple of weeks ago, and replaced them with the babies that had spread at the base of the pots. Now they’re already producing flowers and tiny berries.

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.

I put these little plants into this pot yesterday, and they're already taking.

I put these little plants into this pot yesterday, and they’re already taking.

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. 

I set this pot up today, I'll fill it with plants tomorrow. By June I hope to have half dozen or more set up and putting out berries.

I set this pot up today, I’ll fill it with plants tomorrow. By June I hope to have half dozen or more set up and putting out berries.

My nopalitos are not nopalitos anymore – they are big, grand Nopal cacti. I’ve been watching for new nodules. 

My tiny nopalitos have become a regular Nopal forest.

My tiny nopalitos have become a regular Nopal forest.

 

Would you believe, Spring is still four days away?

 

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