It's strawberry time again ...
Jim decided to try a new method for our plants this year instead of having the traditional strawberry patch that is very hard to weed and maintain.
Whizbang chicken plucker barrel, holders for water, and now strawberry plants.
Jim placed the barrels on some old carpeting to keep the weeds from coming up around the barrels. The barrels are sitting on their tops that were cut off so they can be rotated and keep the plants evenly exposed to the sun.
Andrew and Jim used an acetylene torch to melt the plastic, then a knife to cut the side and a wedge to pull out the softened plastic and create a cup to hold soil and the strawberry plant.
Jim placed rocks on the bottom of the barrel, then filled it up with garden soil mixed with compost. The tube in the middle extends all the way to the bottom and is filled with sand. The tube is what's used for drain tile, so the holes allow water to reach all the way through the barrel.
The strawberries are easier to pick, and much cleaner.
We are enjoying our bounty! And our raspberries will hopefully be ready in a week or so.