Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Having a few cactuses died on me during my younger days, have made me believe that I have two brown thumbs. So, I stopped growing anything for good. However, after living in Japan for over six years, I began to notice the trend of many Japanese rushing off to home centers to buy seedlings of all sorts for every new season (especially in early Spring). Their intense love for gardening have rubbed off on me. I decided to give gardening my thumbs up and tried to grow some strawberries. So, I enlisted the help of my husband and son whom I bribed with homegrown strawberries.
After watching a few videos on Youtube for some quick know-how, we bought a strawberry pot and these:1. Pot drainage mesh (bottom net), Organic soil for strawberry plants and Mizugoke (水苔/sphagnum; peat moss)
2. Nyoho (女峰)
3. Tochiotome (とちおとめ)
4. Del Monte – All-Season
5. Serinu (セリーヌ) – All-Season
(1) A small piece of pot drainage mesh is placed on the bottom of the pot to prevent excessive soil from draining away, and to keep bugs from entering. (2) Using a small inverted pot and some rocks will help to create a good drainage. (3) We used organic soil ideal for strawberry plants. (4) We added 3 pieces of pot drainage mesh before filling up the pockets of the strawberry pot with soil.(5) All four seedlings were planted with their crowns slightly above the soil. (6) We planted the strawberries in March when the weather was still cold. So we added Sphagnum peat moss to keep the plants cozy and to prevent the soil from hardening. (7) My little gardener helped to water the plants thoroughly to settle them in their new home.
After 40 days or so, we finally have one bright red strawberry to harvest. Yippee!