Spring has sprung! Well it's actually feeling more like summer these days. I wanted to show you the latest addition to our Veggie Kids Garden: the Topsy Turvy Strawberries! When VK was featured on Blythe Raw Live back in February her garden expert Aarica Ann from MyEdibleGardens.com mentioned putting strawberry plants in a Topsy Turvy tomato planter. I couldn't wait to make my own and when someone offered me some free Topsy Turvy planters on freecycle.org I was so excited to get it started!
(By the way-completely off topic-if you haven't tried freecycle yet you must! Not only is it a great way to get rid of unwanted items but just today I picked up the cutest little tea set in great condition and some fresh artichokes from someone's backyard). Anyway, I digress. Back to the tomato-strawberries.
I picked up a bag of organic soil and grabbed my boys to help out. We filled the holder planter with soil, then carefully inserted the strawberry plants into the little holes, then added more soil, etc. You get the picture, right? We filled the entire planter up with soil and found a sunny spot to hang it from. One word of warning however, it is incredibly heavy and should be hung in a spot that's sturdy enough to hold the weight of it. Within a week and a half we had strawberries growing! Very exciting. A bonus with hanging the strawberries is that it keeps it from slugs, snails and other little hungry critters. If birds become an issue, just drape some sheer fabric or netting over the top.
Want to see what else is growing in our backyard?
Peaches are starting to get fuzzy on our tree!
Broccoli is a must!
TIP: If you plant it next to onions it helps repel pests like aphids.
Pears! They're tiny but they're there.
It's always a good idea to water your lil' brother while watering the garden.
These are the latest addition to our family!
We got 3 cute Zebra Finches (thanks again, freecycle.org!) because we're not quite ready for a dog yet.
Keeping the birds outside lures the neighborhood cats.
And one more thing!
This is the lovely gift I received from Windset Farms for letting them use my eggplant chip photograph in their newsletter which you can see here. They sent me such delicious, fresh produce! The tomatoes were super sweet and my boys loved biting into the mini cucumbers. It came with a disc full of healthy recipes.
Thanks Windset Farms!