“Grow” time is upon us!

Well the vegetable garden is planted and growing right along. My favorite little gardener helped me pick out the veggies we’re growing. While we were at it, she decided and informed me that she wanted to grow strawberries this year.  OK….I’m not one to discourage something that’s fun and “veg”-ucational!

She picked 2 Chef Jeff Kids “Sherry Berry” plants and we decided we would grow them in pots. (I don’t have the space to grow them in the ground.) So on a cool Sunday afternoon at the end of May, she picked out her pots and planted her strawberries. She’s been watering and fertilizing as needed and is enjoying watching them grow.

 

Before we start, we should always put on our new Mickey Mouse gardening gloves...
Before we start, we should always put on our new Mickey Mouse gardening gloves…
Now it's time to dig a hole so I can put in the strawberry plant. Not too deep, though! Mommy filled the pot with Container Mix. She says potting soil will work too but not plain dirt.
Now it’s time to dig a hole so I can put in the strawberry plant. Not too deep, though! Mommy filled the pot with Container Mix. She says potting soil will work too but not plain dirt.
Once we take the plant out of the pot, Mommy says it's important to loosen the roots by rubbing my hands on them.
Once we take the plant out of the pot, Mommy says it’s important to loosen the roots by rubbing my hands on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I add the Myke's and the Garden Tone fertilizer to help my strawberries grow big and strong. Mommy says Myke will help roots a lot. I'm not sure who Myke is but I'll take her word for it.
Next I add the Myke’s and the Garden Tone fertilizer to help my strawberries grow big and strong. Mommy says Myke will help roots a lot. I’m not sure who Myke is but I’ll take her word for it.
OK, now that I've got the plant in the hole, I cover it up with the potting soil I dug out then pat it down.
OK, now that I’ve got the plant in the hole, I cover it up with the potting soil I dug out then pat it down.
Container gardening - water at the base
Now we add some water…at the base, not over the top!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Container gardening - strawberries today
These strawberries are definitely “feeling the love” and looking great after 4 weeks!

 

I did let her know she may not get many berries this first year.  My friend Roy at Flowerland tells me the first year for strawberries is primarily for establishing a good root system, even when they are in pots. The nice part is you can over-winter them in a cool part of the basement (or someplace else where they won’t freeze) and bring them back out the following summer. That definitely put a twinkle in my daughter’s eyes!

Well, I’m off to play in the dirt. Enjoy today’s sunshine!

Until next time…..

Mary Gold