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Mignonette Alpine Strawberries

On January 26, I planted some stawberry seeds in those nifty little starter clumps (in plastic trays - "Jiffy-7") that you can buy. I then set them on a shelf in my cubicle to sprout. The package said to be patient, they take 3 - 4 weeks to germinate. You can imagine my surprise when I checked on them yesterday, and they had little bitty seedling sprouts. They don't look much like strawberry plants yet, but at least 10 of the 12 peat clumps have sprouts.

When they're bigger, I'm going to transfer them to 6" pots, then give some of them to my coworkers. This will probably be after the "big move" to swankier digs that have better "curb appeal" for our customers.

On the other front (yard, that is), my blueberry bushes seem to be well set in, and producing new leaves. I should have blueberries late this year or summer of next year.

In back, the rasberries and blackberries haven't fared as well (no new leaves). I think it's because Fuzzy didn't "water them in" (plant the bareroots plants with their peat, cover roots with dirt, then flood the plants in the initial watering), but he thinks it's because the soil is still too acid after having been a pepper tree's shedding ground for 20+ years (the pepper tree died and over 6 years ago.) Then again, they may take longer.

Come the first of March, I'm going to order several varieties of strawberries from Gurney's, and plant a massive strawberry patch to compete with the ivy. Less than $50 will get me a hundred plants (figure 50% mortality between shipping and transplant shock), so my patch will have four varieties.


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Feb. 11th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
I wish your raspberries and blackberries well. I suspect that the digging to embed the strawberries will be horrendous work and will also help get rid of some of the ivy. Also feel free to mail me chunks of ivy wrapped in damp cotton, I like the stuff '-) I will be very sad if you get anywhere near 50% mortality, and wow, even 50 plants .... you must have a big yard.

In short ... I'm rootin' for da fruit-bearin' plants.

M the maniacal gardener
Feb. 11th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
We have a digging cheat that Fuzzy came up with. It digs and preps the soil nicely.

Yes, I have a big yard. The house is sorta small, but the yard is big.

I don't know if mailing the ivy is kosher... they might get pissed at me for mailing an aggressive plant. OTOH, the weather there might keep it in check better... We have the big dark green leaf kind, and a little of the green with yellow stripey kind. They plant it along the freeways here, whereupon it invades everybody's yard. 8-(
Feb. 11th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
Just don't label it "Danger! Aggressive plant!" and draw a triffid on it. Maybe a tennis ball or Pringles tube wrapped in brown paper?

It will have to sit in my P.O. box for up to a week anyway, poor abused little pieces of unwanted vegetation :-(

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