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Finished Project: Strawberry Plants in Square Foot Gardens

2015, GardenKim Brush1 Comment

The weather is warming up, we are finishing up our school year and spending more and more time working on our garden plan for 2015!  Now if it would just stop raining for a week or so that would be amazing!

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Strawberry Beds in the Orchard

I was in the right place at the right time.  I stopped at the Amish salvage store and they had LOTS of beautiful strawberry plants for sale!

I was in the right place at the right time.  I stopped at the Amish salvage store and they had LOTS of beautiful strawberry plants for sale!

Before it got too soggy, Steve had the beds built and we got the Square Food Garden dirt mixed.  All that was left was to find a way to keep the dogs out & the weeds to a minimum.  It all came together very nicely! 

Bear.  He's my tag along helper.  He follows me everywhere.

Bear.  He's my tag along helper.  He follows me everywhere.

Cardboard and grass clippings to battle the weeds.

Cardboard and grass clippings to battle the weeds.

A LOT of grass clippings

A LOT of grass clippings

Reinforced mesh.  Hubby says it's cheap and it will keep the dogs out.

Reinforced mesh.  Hubby says it's cheap and it will keep the dogs out.

Done!  Now to get the plants in the ground!

Done!  Now to get the plants in the ground!

We spent a whole afternoon getting the dirt mixed and then putting up the fence.  Joshua was a HUGE help to his dad!  We used half a cattle panel as our gate.  It is wired to one side and has a hook on the other side to keep it closed. 

Unfortunately it blew over in the night since we didn't have it wired up yet.  The dogs definitely need to be blocked out of our gardens.  I was seriously unhappy with them the next morning but it could have been much worse!

Dark picture but this is from the dogs digging and nosing around.

Dark picture but this is from the dogs digging and nosing around.

Smoothed and ready to plant

Smoothed and ready to plant

 
Need some beds?  Square Foot gardens do a great job in creating strawberry beds - DaytoDayAdventures.com
 
Blossom
ripe strawberry

We really don't want to mow around these beds so we are using hay to mulch the paths.  The bales of hay on the garden are really coming in handy!

 
strawberry square foot garden bed
 

We are using the wheelbarrow to slowly move more hay to cover the paths.  Needless to say this is itchy & hot work.  We do a couple of loads a day when we need a break from other tasks. 

 

This bale had been "peeled" enough that we were able to roll it from one side of the garden all the way to the other side of the house.  

That's a long, long way. 

That's the kids story anyway. 

We did it and everyone survived.

Using the hay as mulch is a great way to use up kid energy, build memories & help them to grow stronger in body & character. 

moving hay bale

So half of our Square Foot Gardens are now filled.  I am thrilled to have that part of the work done!  Everyone else cannot wait to taste those strawberries in future years!!

Hay mulch 8-10 inches thick around the beds.  Raspberry plants sticking up out of hay too!

Hay mulch 8-10 inches thick around the beds.  Raspberry plants sticking up out of hay too!

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