Hello, Happy Wednesday! Hope you are well out there.

Life in Albuquerque has been productive. The Good To Grow plant biz clients are growing right along…I don’t have any decent photos at the moment, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Everyone seems happy, gardens are filling out the way they should, office houseplants are thriving. I’ll see about getting some better photos soon.

In the meantime, I thought I’d take a sec and update you on how my strawberry towers are growing. Here’s a photo from this morning:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

For first year strawberries, I’m very happy with their progression. I’ve gotten a handful of berries, which were awesome.

Still, we have a long way to go. Some of the plants have died. Some of them routinely threaten to die. The main problem is keeping them hydrated enough. The irrigation I have in place works just fine, but I’m still watering more every day, because there just isn’t enough soil to stay moist. And also, you know, berries in the desert. I did add mulch on top to retain a little extra moisture.

If I polled the strawberry plants, I think they would vote for being watered 6-7 times per day. But since I work and all…

If I decide to make towers in the future, I would probably use some sort of skinny PVC pipe with holes in it down the center to irrigate. That’s instead of the hose I’m using now, because the holes in my hose will eventually clog and replacing it will be challenging. It’d be just as easy to forgo the internal watering altogether in that case. Which would be fine, as I’m adding additional water already every day, so why not make it official?

As far as growing berries in a small space, I think the tower design is solid. Maybe next time I’d make them a little fatter, again in the quest for moisture retention. For now, I hope they keep doing their strawberry thing, and that next year I’ll have even more berries to celebrate.

I’ll be back tomorrow, I hope to see you back here.


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