RED Strawberries, strawberries, and other cool news

Everyone who walks by the farm comments on the strawberry pipes. “Whatcha growin in there?”, “When are the strawberries going to be ready?”, “What? You’re growing something in there? Is it even going to work?”. People have even called us to ask about the pipes.

Well folks, it works alright, and look at what’s coming out of them!

You may have also noticed that our flowers have been blooming. I have been harvesting dark sunflowers, Dahlias and Nigella and delivering them on my bike for Olla Flowers. And as farmer Donna says, if they fall en route, at least it will be a beautiful spectacle! Here’s a glance at the gorgeous flowers…

And for those you mystified by winter gardening, Freshroots will be at their Richmond plot, Saturday August 13th, teaching people how transplant winter food crops, prepping beds and sowing cover crops. Bring your rubber boots and have fun!

In international news, some of you may have seen this, but for those of you who haven’t, it looks like we Vancouverites aren’t the only ones worried about where food comes from and trying to grow what we can. Big food scares have gotten some of the wealthy Chinese in Beijing to start farming their own food. 

And finally, would you have a problem if an ex-con baked your birthday cake? In Berkley, California, The Bread Project  is doing just that and much more.

5 Responses to “RED Strawberries, strawberries, and other cool news”
  1. Gordon McCarty says:

    Do you have any problem with the soil in the pipes decomposing or settling, thus pulling the strawberry plants back into the pipe? If so, what is your solution? I have thought of doing something like this myself in order to make better use of my space, but I have had problems with the soil settling. Also, how do you water them?

    • Seann Dory says:

      We water using a drip irrigation system at the top of the pipe. We combat soil slippage by making sure we pack them tightly before we plant. We build a tamper that fits down the pipe so we can push the soil as we fill the pipe.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hello and thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. Can you tell me what you use for growing medium and if you cap the top? I want to create these at our church community garden in the suburbs of Chicago. And, I will love to teach others how to use this method.

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