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Monday, May 12, 2014

Straw-bearies!

Hullo!! Today we are building a straw-bearie bed. As the name suggests, straw-bearies are a big favourite of bears! All berries in fact but... straw-bearies in particular because you can plant them in your backyard and have them easily at paw whenever you want.

Right... so first... dig up the grass - we didn't do that with the other raised beds and now the grass is a nuisance along the edges... so... dig up the grass clumpies first! And while you are digging... keep your eye out for buried treasure.

Because this backyard is a treasure trove for a budding archaeologist! I have actually found tonnes of things in the backyard that I haven't mentioned before... but Mama thought I could start a museum of artifacts collected from our digs. So... here we go... first, a pair of gripper pliers. Mama thought at first she had hit a rock, but nope. Also a piece of rope - we've found lots of rope here. And a toy car. From this collection we can deduce that perhaps a cowboy plumber with kids lived here before.

But most amazing of all... I actually found real, live, buried treasure!!! Yes... there are two loonies ($1 each) and a quarter and a dime, a silver button and a 1 peso coin from Mexico (I think). That means I have $2.35!! That's enough for a bear-sized hot chocolate...

Anyhow... back to strawbearies... so first I supervised the construction of a raised bed...

which we then filled with dirt...

And then planted the strawberries. We have 10 plants that we bought for $1 (that's $0.10 each) from a lady out in the boonies who was thinning out her plants. Gardeners are so friendly!

Best of all... these plants have flowers already and you know what that means... berries!!

On a side note... our rhododendron is finally (finally!!) starting to bloom... it's obviously a late-bloomer and I have been despairing... but it is happening...



9 comments:

  1. Strawberries! We have a few too. Let us know when the strawberry ice cream and sundaes with chocolate syrup are ready, we'll be right over!

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    1. I am hoping for a great crop! I saw some wild ones too... they taste super yummy, even though they are small. Sometimes great things come in little packages... like us stuffies!

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  2. Sandy,
    You should consider being an archeologist, I think the items you found while working in the garden are beary interesting. I have heard that those cowboy plumbers with kids can be beary sneaky and hide lots of things in the ground. Perhaps you should get a metal detector to locate other treasures (maybe you will find moe loonies and maybe even some toonies....

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    1. I know... I could be known as Indiana Sandy! A metal detector would definitely help as I think Mama would frown a bit if I started digging up the lawn from one end to the other.

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    2. Indiana Sandy, I like that. We need to get you a hat and a whip. Are you scared of snakes like Dr. Jones' was?

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    3. Er... snakes... right - forgot about those. I have seen some garter snakes and they startle me but don't scare me. Rattle snakes are a different matter!

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  3. Mmm.. I do hope you will do another post when you harvest the strawbearies...

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