A couple of months ago, we were in a Bed Bath and Beyond looking for sheets, when I stopped dead in my tracks…
…A Topsy Turvy Strawberry planter. You mean I can grow strawberries now even though I don’t have the lawn space. I started shaking and flailing my arms in excitement as I ran to show my husband, who was like, ‘that’s nice, can we just pick out some sheets?’.
You see, Strawberry season for me is right up there with the Christmas holidays. It is one of my most favorite times of the year. It is a short, but sweet season. One filled with many trips to the u-pick farm to harvest the precious bounty. It is a season filled with strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, strawberry pie and strawberry sundaes. And now I can grow them myself. Life is good!
I didn’t buy the planter at that time, because it was a little early. And even with all of that excitement, I actually forgot about it. But then Frugal Babe reminded me of them when she wrote about her new Topsy Turvey Planters and I was at BB&Beyond in about 5 minutes flat.
I am not familiar with the Tomato version of the planter, but I assume it is similar. The strawberry version cost $12.99 and I used a 20% coupon. The box states that the planter holds between 15-30 strawberry plants and the average yield of 15 strawberry plants is up to 15 quarts with proper care, feeding and sunlight.
I headed to a local nursery who was selling a package of 25 strawberry plants for $10.99. I also picked up a bag of good, organic potting soil. Overall, I spent about $30, but strawberries are perennials, so if all goes well they will last for years…I’m going to cross my fingers.
The 25 strawberry plants were so tiny.
I’m not quite sure the shepherd’s hook is going to hold the planter. It got very heavy once filled with the plants and soil and then I had to add the water. My husband isn’t a welder like Frugal Babe’s, so I’ll have to come up with another option.
I hope my experiment is successful. As a side note, I bought ‘everbearing’ strawberry plants versus the ‘junebearing’. Apparently they yield through out the summer instead of just a few weeks in June….we’ll see.
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