Boing! My eyes snapped open at 3:15 a.m. this morning with a novel solution to a multi-faceted problem.
A few months ago my husband and I laid down mulched paths bordered with black plastic edging. It wasn’t the best solution, but it went in quick and it was cheap. Since then he has commented several times that we need to replace the black plastic with something nicer like landscape stone.
So at 3:15 a.m. this morning I awoke with the perfect idea in place of the expensive landscaping stone we can’t afford right now.
Yes, you heard me correctly. Strawberries.
I noticed the other day that there are sections of edging I no longer need to weed-whack, because the strawberries have grown so dense that there is no grass protruding and we just push the mower right up to the edge of the strawberries, probably clipping a couple in the process. The other thing I’ve noticed is that the strawberries are so thick and prolific you can’t even see the edging at all.
More strawberries can’t be a bad thing. Just think of the jam and fresh fruit in the spring! And it would cover the ugly edging AND remove the need for weed whacking which always leaves my hands shaky and unable to type for a while afterwards.
I’ve been busy propagating new plants over the past few weeks. Propagating strawberries is foolproof, truly! Simply place a runner with a node that shows little white roots starting into a pot full of potting soil. Wait a few days and the plant will root. Then just cut the runner off and transplant the new strawberry plant somewhere else.
In any case, I had managed to accumulate about 30 new plants. This in itself is such a win-win. No more paying for strawberry plants! I simply pulled six inches of grass away from the black edging and dug small holes for the strawberry plants.
I managed to plant about 12 feet of plants and estimate that in three more weeks, one entire side of a walkway will be planted. In the end, I plan on sticking strawberries wherever I can plant them and then walk away from weed-whacking forever!
Just imagine what my strawberry harvest is going to look like next year!