I was going to plant strawberries yesterday. But I didn't think Husband was done with the new beds.
We lost all of our plants last year, with the drought and the heat, didn't seem to matter how much we watered them the sun was just too relentless. Seems that I made the right decision to wait.
Husband got home and ( we need a nickname for overreacting neighbor husband) showed up honking his horn. Want to get on Husband's bad side, pull into our drive while the gate is wide open honking, then stay in the truck and not make any attempt to be neighborly. I digress, he offered Husband $300 for all of my black belly Barbados sheep. husband laughed, told him that I would never go for it, that he could get the two lambs for that price. He then told Husband my sheep were to skinny all hair. Husband explained that they were hair sheep and that very little of what they saw was pelt. He stared at Husband for a moment, then went no no too skinny. Ugh, Husband came in and said that he believes that they will call the county just to try to put pressure on us to sell to them. I flat out refuse to sell to them anything at all at this point.
But I was talking strawberries wasn't I? I went to buy some hay from down the road, shhh but the price is closer to normal non drought prices. Nice farmer. We talked for a bit, worried Husband as he waited for me at home. A storm was building. The farmer said it was going the wrong direction to get us, I said it looked like it was backing up on us. I was right. As soon as I got home, it began to sprinkle. Out in the field as we pushed a bale off, I watched mama walk into the barn rather than run out to the field to check out what we had brought with everyone else. Mama is the oldest, you should take heed young uns.
Hail, the size of shooter marbles fell from the sky! And not just a couple, it went on and on for almost an hour. Will upload some pics for you later. Husband and I got caught in it, only a slight knock to the top of my head.
Good thing I didn't plant those strawberries yesterday. A garden tip, newly planted strawberries don't care much for large hail.
I wrote a post on planting a strawberry patch a few years ago, you can find it here>>>
Strawberries are rather simple to grow, and do well in a container. Mama bear has a great post on building a vertical strawberry patch here. Now if I can solve my rollie polie problem. . . I have tried just about everything, they still eat my ripe strawberries.
Almost forgot to mention, frugaldad.com has me at number 14 of best gardening blogs.