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!  :-)

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your first harvest. I didn't know you could eat beet tops.

    I have the exact same strawberry planter as you. I got my strawberries at Canadian Tire too, but mine were 4 bucks each so I only bought 3. Two of them died so I emptied the bag and put the last one in a bucket. Maybe I should go back to Canadian Tire and see if there's a deal on the strawberries.

    Did you find it hard to get the plants into the bag?