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Kid’s Garden Planner

I am adding two new 4 ft x 8 ft garden beds this year, so I decided to let my kids each plant one.  I’ll also let our wonderful friend and neighbor, M., plant one of my existing 4×8’s.  These children are 8, 6 and 6 years old, so I made them up a planning guide that you see above (and in color below).

I helped them cut out the plant rectangles that are sized to cover 1, 2 or 4 square feet in the bed, and then let them arrange them any way they pleased.  So far, two of the three are finished:

Kids' 4 x 8 foot garden plans

Feel free to take this idea and run with it, but make your own.  Absolutely all of the pictures in mine were “lifted” gently from Google searches, so I have no permission to use them.

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Strawberry propagation by runners

…is so easy a caveman could do it.

Actually it usually just DOES itself.  If left unattended, strawberry plants will send off runners which will root near the parent plant and become self sufficient, removable, separate strawberry plants.

However, we are planning on moving our strawberries this fall to a different place in the yard, so I’m going to try to keep things orderly in the strawberry bed until then.

I don’t see any reason to waste perfectly good potential plants, so instead of cutting off the runners, I’m rooting them in containers.

Rooting strawberry runners in a pot

Rooting strawberry runners in a pot

The sticks are just helping to hold the vine in place until the roots grow.

Strawberry propagation.  Ugg.

Strawberry propagation. Ugg.

There is an excellent book that you can get from Amazon for (at the time of this writing) only $4.00.

Grow the Best Strawberries: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-190 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-190)

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