Me and Dizzy are officially on holiday now and Dizzy has already been using the first few days to start some gardening! This week she’s been learning about strawberry plants (Dizzy does like a strawberry) and how to create more strawberries for the future by planting runners!
How to plant strawberry runners (by Dizzy):
1. Identify the runners. These are long thin shoots that come out of the plant and look like they’re running away from it! They will have a tiny tiny baby strawberry plant on the end. Dizzy found 6 on ours!
2. Next you will need the equipment for planting the runners. This includes pots, soil and something to hold the runners in place with. We didn’t think this through very carefully beforehand, so we used straws…
3. The first thing to do is to fill your pots up with enough soil. 🙂 Then pick which runner you would like to plant first!
Dizzy inspected them all and decided this one wanted to be planted first.
4. This is the fiddly bit (I had to help Dizzy complete this part). As we were using straws we cut most of it of so we were left with the bendy part and a small amount of straw on each side. We then placed the runner in the soil with their baby roots facing down. To keep the runner in place, we placed the straw securely over the runner right next to the baby strawberry plant.
5. This process is then repeated for all your other runners! 🙂
6. After a couple of weeks the roots will have grown and your baby strawberry plants will be big enough to be detached from their mummy plant.
And that’s it! Dizzy’s gone back to watching her original strawberry plant in the hopes of finding strawberries.
I haven’t told her the reason we never have any is because the birds keep eating them early in the morning…and the birds look so happy I don’t have the heart to move the strawberry plant now…
Maybe Dizzy will get some next year from the new plants! 🙂
Have you managed to grow anything in your garden? Or is there anything you’d like to? We’d love to hear your gardening stories. 🙂 xxx
‘Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that fall’ – unknown