It’s been hot and dry here in the Valley, but it feels like a real Midwestern summer so I’m actually thrilled. Although I am drowning in work (not house work – job work), I am concerned that this blog will end up like the 6 strawberry plants I planted in our backyard. I’m not totally sure what did them in, but I am sure that both strawberries and blogs need nourishment. The strawberries have actually been watered and fertilized with fancy organic fertilizer, but, in 4 weeks they’ve gone from this:
to brown, shriveled plant skeletons blending into the soil. It seems disrespectful to post photos of their lifeless bodies here. I have learned the following:
1. Do not plant strawberries along your crazed Australian shepherd’s main highway for racing along the fence. She always chooses to trample the plants instead of jump the rose bush. I can’t imagine why.
2. Do not plant strawberry plants too deep. I think this explained the first three deaths.
But, I still can’t figure out what the heck happened. I don’t know what the former owners had there but they had custom built these planters. The plants died 1 at a time too. ?????
Anyway, do stay tuned and I promise to broadcast something besides static. I have lots of interesting stuff going on, but unfortunately my day job pays more so it gets priority. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
-Refinishing a picnic table (I’m learning!)
-Tiling a shower as part of a bathroom redo – in progress now! (Picked any tile lately?)
-Redecorating the living areas and kitchen, including some shelves and rugs!
-planting more, less dead plants and eating home grown cherries! (Maybe the strawberries felt intimidated)