Monday, August 17, 2009

Growing Strawberries in a Jar
How would you like to grow strawberries in a jar? The ingredients are simple: a few strawberry plants plus some basic earth, air, and water. Add sunlight, and voila! After just 60 minutes of work, you'll have weeks of edible garden pleasure for your patio or deck. For an almost instant strawberry patch, purchase already blooming plants. Try ever bearing varieties like Ozark Beauty or Tribute for steady yields of large, plump berries.

1. Make a built-in drain by filling the jar bottom with a 1-inch layer of gravel or broken pot shards. Separate the gravel from the soil with screen mesh cut to fit or a piece of nylon pantyhose. Next, add the earth. Fill the jar with potting soil up to the lowest pocket, firming the soil to eliminate trapped air spaces.

2. Starting with the lowest pocket, make a small hole in the soil. Thread a single strawberry plant down into the pocket so its roots spread toward the interior of the jar. Add more soil -- firming it in with your fingers -- until you've reached the next pocket level. Repeat planting process until all pockets are filled; leave space at the top for more plants.

3. For larger jars, drill holes into a length of 2-1/4-inch-diameter PVC pipe at 4-inch intervals. Before planting, insert the pipe in the jar's center, down through the soil to the bottom pocket. This allows water to seep down, soaking lower plants. Finish with several plants at the top, spacing them tightly for a full, flowing look. Water well.


1 comment :

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

hi sis salamat sa tips...baka someday mag tanim ako ng strawberries sa jar ^_^

musta ka na sis dyan? ano gawa mo? bc ka ba? mishu! nakakatamad din pala minsan mag bloghop noh hihihi! di na ako masyado makapag bloghop ngayon...dito lang me madalas hehe.