Yep, today is the day to plant...
...ummm MUD my strawberry plants in.
This is one of my little strawberry babies, I have 50 of these. My thought(s)? If I have issues with them growing at least some should do Ok, right? The two worst case scenario's are:
#1 they all die
#2 they all produce
I just don't see with #2 that being a problem and if #1 happens... well then I learned something. It took me about an hour to plant them all in the mud. I put them in today as we are due to spend the rest of the week in RAIN. Fun for us yes? However I can't leave the poor things in their box for a week or more, they would die. So I went out today and mudded them in. About half of the little plants had really good crowns on them really think, a few were pretty small. So we'll see.
I planted them in our old onion bed that the Elderberry trees are planted on both ends of.
You can if you look very closely the escapee onions that we have growing there. My thoughts at having the plants there with the Elderberry is that they will become the ground cover for the trees (shrubs, elderberry are tech shrubs). I know the ground there is very good as it's full of worms and we already have things growing in the soil there, besides the onions.
From what I have read over the years you should let the plants not produce the first year after you plant them. I am debating this as I know the strawberry farms harvest yearly including the first year. Anyone have some suggestions?
My Elderberries have been doing wonderfully since they were planted where they are, I think due to 2 reasons. First is that they were grown locally, also Elderberry plants grow here naturally. They have been sending out "suckers" too.
This is the taller of the two "trees" see near the base? that is the "sucker" plant. Elderberry is one of those that can reproduce by suckers, or plants growing off of roots that grow near the surface. There are quite a few of them around the "trees" I do not know how fast they grow, I do know that they are going eventually I should be able to have tons of elderwine, and cough syrup.
I was covered with mud when I was done with that planting, and when I was done needed a good bath.
I need to run for now I have to post these pics to pintrest and start on dinner, have a wonderful evening everyone!
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