|the fruits of the students|
labor last summer. . .
get it. . . fruit. . .
Everything did surprisingly well, and I couldn't bear to toss anything. The marigolds ended up in some of the barrels around campus, as well as over to my mom, and the strawberries went to a friend and into a few random pots that I had laying around. I didn't have high expectations, although they managed to survive the hot summer, and even bore some fruit after we made the big move to the new house in September!
|obligatory artsy fruit-in-the-hand photo|
(last fall's crop!)
Sure enough, this week they're looking much happier:
I'm on a definite budget these days, so had planned to raid my dad's scrap-wood collection for something worthy of a small strawberry bed. However, when I was over visiting my mom a couple of weekends ago, we happened to make a trip to my grandfathers house. There was an old wooden half-barrel in the yard, which I decided was exactly what I could put to use. We took a chance that the thing wasn't so rotted out that it would fall apart, and by luckily, it stated together after we emptied it and got it in mom's truck.
The same weekend, my sister and I helped mom clean out and sort through her gardening shed. She decided she didn't need an old wooden shelf, and I decided it would make a good lower-tier for the bed - I just needed to take out the middle shelf. I finally got both pieces over to my house, and spent some time today assembling the new bed. The barrel is sitting in the middle of the shelf; it's a perfect fit!
|pre-strawberries, soil & compost.|
I used sod clumps from the back garden to fill the bottom of the tiers and save myself some soil
|berry plants in!|
|new tiered strawberry bed, chilling next to the future veggie garden|
There will probably end up being a fence around the berries and the garden, to help stave off the deer that frequent the neighborhood (my backyard was a deer highway this winter!). At least, every other garden on the road seems to have a fence around it, so I'm thinking it might be a good idea for mine, too.