Strawberry Plants in Raspberry Bed
While I intend to cut back on our main vegetable garden this year, I will continue to look for ways to use existing beds to provide us with an edible landscape. The bed of black and red raspberries next to our driveway and at the end of the main vegetable garden is the perfect spot to create ground cover with strawberry plants. Since the bed is next to the driveway, it’s often blocked by my car which I park over on one side to create a walking path on the other side of the car.
I picked up these strawberries from Home Depot when they were on sale 5 for $10. If I had been more careful about picking the plants, I could have ended up with 10 for $10 since some of the pots had 2 plants in them. Live and learn. I originally planned to put these into hanging baskets on the porch, however I think investing in an edible ground cover for the raspberry bed is a better idea.
I planted the ramps I bought at the Philly Farm and Food Fest in our herb bed next to strawberries I planted last year. I picked these strawberries because I love the dark pink flowers. I think I may have waited a little too long to get the ramps in the ground. Some of them are looking distressed. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that 75% of them make it because once they’re established, ramps do spread.
Our herb bed sits over top of a pile of shredded pine tree stuff. We took down the pine tree the year after we moved in and ground the stump down. I put a layer of free leaf mulch over top and then mulched it with triple shred hardwood mulch. The bed is practically weed free and the herbs love it.
Window Box of Lettuce
This window box of red leaf lettuce is the only vegetable I have planted so far this year which is very unusual for me. Normally by mid-April, I have a crop of snap peas, broccoli, and maybe some peppers and tomatoes if I’m feeling brave enough. I’m happy to see these lettuces are showing growth which hopefully means fresh greens in about 2 weeks.
Thanks to a recent rain, our rain barrel is filled to the brim with water. I used the water to water in the strawberry and ramp plants, plus water the broccoli and cabbage waiting to be planted in the vegetable garden.