Strawberry Fields Project: Update

by Jenny Peterson on July 22, 2011

in Projects

A few months ago, I decided to take Corona Tools and Stark Bros up on a challenge–see if I can grow strawberries in a small space! You all know that I garden on a balcony, so I decided to plant the 3 free Tribute strawberries that Stark Bros sent in one of my hayrack planters. You can read about the Strawberry Fields challenge here, and how I planted my 3 strawberry plants here. But now it’s time for an update!

  1. Two of my plants died. Now before you send me a horticultural condolence card, I’m really happy! Not that I lost two plants, but that I have one still growing! I planted these strawberries exactly when I shouldn’t have, in the midst of one of the most brutal summers on Texas (and US) record. Plus I don’t know what I’m doing. Serious–I’ve never grown a berry of any variety. I don’t even grow a lot of food, period.
  2. My remaining plant is growing like it’s on steroids. This is a source of amazement for me! I go check on it every day. I should set up a camera to record the growth, or just sit there and watch it. I’m sure I’d be able to see with the naked eye more growth popping out.
  3. I have 4 rhizomes, two of which are re-rooted. Well, technically, rhizomes are underground runners, and these are more like “pups.” I’ve got the Mother Plant, and she’s birthed 4 more little plants. These new plants are taking up the space left by the other two plants’ unfortunate demise.

Check this out:

I’ve got strawberry pups spilling over the sides! Now, I know I sound like the worst newb ever, but this is really exciting to me! I was so unsure of myself when I started this challenge, and now it’s a source of great wonder and amazement every day. I just do a daily watering before 9:00 a.m., before the sun gets super hot, and let it go. So, now that I’ve kept it alive and it’s thriving, perhaps actual strawberries aren’t out of the question? Stay tuned!

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Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand July 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

Looks like you will have berries soon <|;-)

Jenny Peterson July 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I hope so, Annie! I’d be super surprised, but hey–I’m shocked this one plant looks so good!

Julie Gomoll July 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I’ve been saving my wine corks. FYI, I have way too many in way too short a period of time :/

Theresa July 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

just keep babying it and you’ll have berries by fall. Those rich, glossy leaves are a testament to the organic fertilizer. With all the corks – you should rename this “Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill” project. Nicely done.

Bob Pool July 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

That has to be the healthiest looking strawberry I’ve ever seen. Good job, you may get berries yet. Hope to see you at Katina’s, Bob

Jacqueline D'Elia July 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

Way to go Jenny. Your strawberry plants look fabulous.

Jenny Peterson July 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Julie–I’m sure you’ve had help with collecting those wine corks. ;-)
Theresa–I love the Boone’s Farm suggestion–kinda takes me back to my teenage days…..
Bob–Thanks so much! I’m hopeful for berries.
Jacqueline–Thanks! It makes me happy to see it grow so much every day.

Meg July 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Love this. LOVE it! :D Makes me want to grow strawberries now… yes, & totally not in season. /sigh

Jenny Peterson July 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

LOL It wasn’t the right time for me to plant them, either, Meg! I say go for it!

Helen July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

lol! Jenny you are so funny… I have loved this strawberry journey! Refreshing to see some growing “in real life” going on as we are with you on the extreme heat this year, it is brutal! The corks are brilliant!

Terri July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

The plants look great! Mine have a couple of little flowers on them and I’m trying to keep them going in this heat!

Ernesto July 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Holy scrumdiddlyumpcious delicacies, Batman! Those strawberries are TOTALLY metal. Seriously, they make me want to grow my hair out, move to Norway, and playing shredding guitar licks atop the highest mountain for the rest of my days.

Jenny Peterson August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

LOL, thank you, Ernesto! I think.

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