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Diggin' It

Monday, April 02, 2018

It's almost spring here! Yippie skippie hooray!

The hubs and I decided (okay honestly, I think it's more my idea than his) to build a raised planter for strawberries. The berries we ordered last year and placed in pots did so well and tasted so amazing that we decided to grow more of them so I can can/freeze them and enjoy them all winter.

I should know by now that whenever we start a project it's going to take twice as long and end up twice as big as planned. Our finished planter is two feet tall, three feet wide and fourteen feet long. We live on a farm, so we used boards from a corral we're taking down. BIG, HEAVY, ancient boards. I wanted to used them because some of them have moss growing on the top ends and I thought they'd look cool in a planter---- and it's cheap. Okay, okay, I'm cheap.

We placed rocks in the bottom for drainage, these we picked out of the corral, then filled, and filled, and filled the rest of the box with dirt we shoveled out of the bottom of the ditch mixed with good rich potting soil and old sheep manure. I did mention we live on a farm didn't I? ; )

After getting the soil mixed and placed, we dug out the plants we'd placed along the wood fence line and covered with leaves last fall. To our surprise every plant wintered over and were already starting to grow. Awesome! Well, except for the fact that two weeks ago and before we uncovered the buried plants we weren't sure how many if any survived the winter and ordered 40 more berry plants. Hmmmm......okay I'll put 20 in the stacked pots I used last year and what to do with the rest? We're going to have strawberries coming out our ears! What to do, what to do....

Problem solved. When we talked to our son yesterday I asked if he could use some strawberry plants, and happy, happy, joy, joy, he wants them! I don't have to find a place to plant them. And he's excited about growing strawberries! Win! Win!

Gardening is an excellent workout. My abs, back and arms felt the results of all those hours of shoveling, picking rocks and digging. Not too sore, but I knew I had some muscles in those areas the next day! I'll let you know the results of our labor when we pick the first crop!

Tell me, do you garden, is it springtime where you live, and what do you love to grow?

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    I don't usually have time to garden, but several of my family members are "dirt diggers" as we call them. You'll have to send us pics. emoticon
    686 days ago
    Getting that planter bed ready IS a lot of work, but you'll certainly enjoy all those strawberries! I live in the mountains of Colorado, where the calendar says spring but the snow hasn't entirely released yet. I grow flowers and have a small, contained bed of mint and chocolate mint. We have wild sarvisberry trees growing around the property and spend a good portion of August picking the berries and making jam!
    687 days ago
    We planted 1500 strawberries last fall and have another 1500 coming next week. You can never have too many 😂
    687 days ago
    Awesome, I hope you have lots of harvest.
    687 days ago
    I live in an apartment so l can't have a garden but love fresh fruits
    687 days ago
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