Saturday, April 7, 2012
Oh, Hello There!
I'm pretty sure I'm never going to be invited to join a Garden Club. As much as I aspire to be the kind of lady who plays in her garden wearing a fabulous hat, I'm just not there yet. Yesterday I was staring at my three beds and I got to wondering when I should uncover my strawberry plants. So, I did what I always do; I asked Amy, my go-to gardening expert. Here's the e-mail I sent:
Just wondering if I should uncover my strawberries yet? They are still covered with wood chips, etc.
Here's what I got back:
Yes. Mine are already up and looking good. Just wondering why you chose wood chips? I usually use leaves from the fall. I know you have plenty of those.
Uh-oh! Pretty much every part of her answer made me panic. Hers are already up? I'm not supposed to use woodchips?
I woke up this morning on a mission to clear out my strawberry bed. Guess what: Amy was right (as always). After two hours (!) of carefully removing 50 pounds (no joke) of mulch and wood chips and grass clippings, I discovered all kinds of poor strawberry plants struggling to find some sunshine. Needless to say, I felt terrible that I had been choking them out all this time. I swear I could hear them sighing with relief every time I removed the soggy, heavy winter cover from on top of them.
Nope. Definitely not ready for the Garden Club yet.
Posted by Vicki at 3:17 PM