This is an account of the trials, tribulations and victories I experience as I grow a vegetable garden for the first time using the Square Foot Gardening method.
May 28, 2010
I've learned my lesson...
So, the strawberry plants I planted in the Strawberry Topsy Turvy never did anything. I have learned not to buy the strawberry plants in the little baggies in soil. I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out as they just seemed to be roots and a little bit of stem. Plus they were all brown and yucky looking. Needless to say, they have gone into the yard waste.
I went to Canadian Tire today and checked out the garden centre. They had 4 inch pots of strawberries for $1.49 each. I bought 15. They have beautiful pink flowers and some of them already have little itty bitty berries growing on them.
As soon as I got home, I cleaned all the yucky plants out of the planters and planted the new strawberries. It definitely looks much better! Here's a before and after for you:
These are the "yucky" strawberry plants. They never did anything. Almost a month later, they still look exactly the same as when I took this picture.
And here are the beautiful new strawberry plants. They have blooms and some have berries starting up.
And just because I took pictures of the tomato and the SFG today, I figure I'll post those for you too.
My tomato plant suddenly had a growth spurt this week. Must be the hot, sunny weather we've been having. It's decided to grow up and is now shaped like a U.
And as you can see below, the SFG is coming along too. I'll post more detailed pictures later.
The lettuce, spinach and bush beans have really taken off. I may have to put a shade cover over the lettuce and spinach as they're predicting more hot, sunny weather and I don't want them to bolt. Quiltbea had an amazing idea to use wire coat hangers and clothespins to put shade cloth over her plants. I may have to steal that idea. I hope she doesn't mind me mentioning her and linking back to her blog. You should check it out! :-)