UPDATE on 7-29-11: Another update – after a count mid-July we have had 22 strawberries on the plants. The problem – I have only been able to taste this one because the chipmunks keep eating them. They are a success. Hooray!
UPDATE: The strawberries are growing and looking like SUCCESS! WOOT! Here’s the latest photo. You can see below the baby strawberries are being born. HOORAY!:
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Entering the Corona’s Strawberry Field project contest has been fun; I have built a strawberry planter to grow a strawberry plant sustainably in a small space (see photo above – a weeks growth of strawberry). This planter could easily be used for plants other than strawberries.
HOW TO BUILD THE PLANTER: (watch the video above for further detail as Katie, my assistant, and I build the project):
- Find an old used bathroom light fixture and take off all the wires attached to it.
- Lay the light fixture flat. Using a no or low VOC paint, paint the fixture with a primer coat, then a top coat. Aubergine (red-purple) is the perfect color to go with my lawn furniture (see photo at right).
- Find several old light fixture glass shades which will fit loosely on top of the light fixture light bulb screw. Light fixtures and glass shades were rescued from the Habitat for Humanity Restore Outlet for less than $5.00 total. (Reusing old things and making them new = priceless.)
- Once the paint has dried, place the glass shades upside down on the light bulb screws. Fill with soil. I used Organic Mechanics Soil for this project because it has no chemicals in it and has worm castings – a great organic nutritional benefit for the plants.
- Plant with strawberry starts, utilize an organic fertilizer, water well, and wait patiently for growth (see the freshly planted strawberries in the photo below).
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY BLOG POST (BELOW) AND HELP ME WIN (See contest information below)!!
Attending the Garden2Blog event with P. Allen Smith and his team was wonderful – a benefit of that experience is I was qualified to enter a special strawberry growing project to encourage sustainable and natural food production among home gardeners.
The goal of Corona’s Strawberry Field project is to demonstrate to everyone that even in the smallest of spaces, we can all make a difference by growing fresh, nutritious and organic food. Each participant received a package of 3 bare-root strawberry plants from Stark Bros. and a Corona trowel.
Corona will judge contestants on 3 categories;
- Creativity– planting method that maximizes space
- Production– planting method that yields the greatest number of berries
- Comments – the greatest number of comments and questions generated
The Winning Field
The “strawberry field” with the highest combined score will win a personalized iPad 2 and be featured on the Corona Tools website for promoting change even in the smallest of spaces. If I win the contest I want to use the iPad2 as a portable presentation device. I can make presentations to area gardeners live on location so they can see how they can improve their neighborhoods and use their abundance to help feed their communities.
PLEASE HELP BY LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW!!! Thank you!!!
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*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that P. Allen Smith and his amazing team paid for the Garden2Blog experience for all attendees. Each participant of the Corona Strawberry Field project received a package of 3 bare-root strawberry plants from Stark Bros. and a Corona trowel to demonstrate how we would be planting the plants. Also, Organic Mechanics Soil sponsored the soil used for this project.