Last month we decided to plant some strawberries and so far they seem to be doing really well. We successfully grew our own strawberries last year and are hoping the same this year so I thought I would share a few hints and tip on growing your own strawberries.
- Dont Over Water – water logging can cause the fruits to become diseased and the plant to rot. Although water is important for the fruits to grow its important to not add too much. I found that one out the hard way a few years back when my daughter got a bit to excited with the amounts of water she was putting in the pots everyday and unfortunately it killed of the plants.
- Spacing – Strawberry plants will spread out about 2 ft in every direction. Small containers will only need 1 or 2 plants.
- Good Drainage – As with all plants its important that the pots you are using have holes at the bottom for drainage so that the plant doesn’t get water logged.
- Place A Net on Top – Placing a net over the top of the plants can prevent birds and other animals from eating the fruit.
- Plant In Summer – The best time to put your strawberry plants out doors is from June until early September. After this its best to remove the flower heads so that you have a healthy plant next year.
- Keep The Plants in Sunlight -Strawberries require around 6-10 hours a day of direct sunlight, so choose somewhere that the sunlight hits your plants.
- Pick Out the Ripe Strawberries – Picking out any ripe strawberries can prevent your plant from rotting. Check the plants every other day during the ripening period.
There you have it a few of our tips and ideas on growing your own strawberries.Please feel free to share any of your own tips in the comments section.
Here are some fun fruit ideas, these are great to get the kids to eat fruit. My kids absolutely loved this and we will be definitely making these again.
The star was made by using a pineapple and a star cookie cutter or if your brave you could cut it out by hand. We then placed a mixture of red and green grapes on to the stick to hold it all together.
This was made by using a small plastic cup, or you could use the little tubs that fruit or little desserts come in. Providing its clear or see through like the one we have made.We took the banana and cut the bottom of it and removed a little piece from the inside. Then inside the cup we placed a plastic shot glass and placed the banana on it to hold it in place. We used some grapes and mini marshmallows to stuff down the sides inside the cup to stop the banana falling over and it gives it the look of the dolphin coming out of water. We then made a slit on the top of the banana and placed a grape inside to make it look like the mouth and then put a dot of chocolate icing to make the eye.
These were made by placing cutting a strawberry in half and placing a strawberry sweet lace the top half of it to make it look like a tail then we used chocolate icing to decorated it and placed it in a bun case.
I decided to have some crafting time with the kids and make some lovely simple decorations for Halloween. So here’s some of our ideas and creations.
The list of the thing’s we used
- Various coloured paints – These are premixed and easy to use and also washable so that’s a plus for those messy hands that you worry might touch the sofa or walls. You can find these sorts of paints easy in your local supermarket like tesco or asda.
- White card – We went through alot of this especially with making our letters to spell ‘Happy Halloween’, again this is something you can find in your local supermarket.
- Paper plates – We used these for painting pumpkins but do watch out as i made the mistake of buying paper plates that had a shine on them which meant the paint didn’t soak in well but luckily i had another set which didn’t and was just plain paper ones.
- Paint Brushes – I guess this is a pretty obvious one so need I say more and again you can find these in your local supermarket.
- Apron – A must have for keeping the kids clean and my daughter proved me right that we needed one since she managed to paint herself different colours. (thank goodness for the apron mummy says)
- Felt tips – We used these for colouring on our pumpkin plates when they were dry and its much easier than dragging out all those paints again.
- Googly Eyes – We used these as eyes on most of our work as my daughter thought it would be funny and different. I picked these up in poundland.
- Scissors – There was lots of cutting different things but to be fair that was mostly mummy’s job while the painting was going on.
Here’s some of what we made. We had lots of fun and plenty of giggles making our Halloween decorations.
For these we painted our paint orange, used our googly eyes and used our felt tips to draw the nose and mouth.
I drew out letters for my daughter to paint which spelt the words ‘Happy Halloween which we now have displayed nicely along are fire-place and we attached all the letters together using string.
Daddy drew and cut out bat shapes to painted black. On some of the bats my daughter thought it would be a good idea to add googly eyes.
For our spiders we drew around our hands at each side so doing the left and right hand and keeping your thumb up the way for the spiders head and fingers for the legs.We cut them out then coloured them black and of course more of the googly eyes, think my daughter loves putting them on everything.
Some of our crafts drying out.
This was a lot of fun so if your kids are bored over Halloween why not try some spooky arts and crafts, if you dare and enjoy your Halloween this year wherever you are.
Gardening is great for involving kids and my daughter just loves being outside digging and planting. It does require hard work and dedication but worth it in the end when you see the results from what you grow. To be honest this year we decided to grow a few things to see how it goes then perhaps think about expanding next year although the weather hasn’t been so good to us this summer but we still managed to grow a few things.
So What are we Growing?
- Tomatoes – There so many things they can be used for from sandwiches to salads and even to make soups. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and also contain some antioxidants which is good for a well-balanced diet and lets face it alot of us worry about what we eat sometimes and I am definitely guilty of this.
- Lettuce – We grew lettuce mostly for putting in sandwiches, salads and burgers.
- Strawberries – We love our strawberries and i probably use them more than the kids as i love to blend them and make smoothies or milkshakes. My daughter loves going out to pick strawberries but we didnt get many as we would have hoped for this year with the bad weather but it didn’t take away how sweet and delicious they were. A little too sweet for our 9 month old he loves his vegetables more than fruits.
The little man is checking out the tomatoes in the photo.
The reason we decided to grow a few things this year was mainly to involve our daughter in the planting and the looking after the plants and also the aspect of promoting healthy eating to her and she was also learning this in school before the summer holidays. We are very pleased with what we have grown and what is still growing at the minute and hope to maybe try planting some different things next season.