Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Garden project: strawberry bed!

A better return on investment that tech stocks in the '90s, the six 50¢ strawberry plants I purchased five years ago have yielded probably a hundred pounds of strawberries.

They've also created a wild, unpickable bed.

In the photo below, you can see the bed in 2009. The strawberries are just above where it says "Smalltropolis".

Strawberries 2009

Here's what the bed turned into:

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Time to show these things who's boss! I'm reigning this mess in, and and adding some paths for access!

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I mark out the borders of the bed and where the paths will go. I clear the first section. It kills me to throw perfectly good strawberry plants away but I have a bazillion of them and trying to move them or give them to neighbors will make a big job even more monumental.

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Globe arborvitae will make a little hedge in the back section, which will mirror the boxwood hedge at the front of this bed (not shown in this picture.) I mark out where the plants will go.

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By the time I get them in the ground, it's way past lunch and I'm exhausted.

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I come back after lunch, mulch them in, take the tags off, and I'm done for the day!

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Day Two:
I get the bottle edging put in and add more mulch.

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Day Three:
I get the second section cleared.

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More bottle edging. More mulch.

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Flagstone pavers go in and Elfin Thyme ground cover.

So, that's as far as things are at the moment. I'll post more updates as it gets further along.

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