Tip for strawberry help

One more post from my kitchen garden:

If you have lots and lots of strawberry plants, this tip might not be for you. But if you like me have some, and you really want to enjoy these wonderful red berries, this idea might come in handy!

Today I found that a lot of the green strawberries  were laying on the ground, which cstrawberry helpertainly not is good, both because of the snails and because the berries have a tendency to decay fast if there comes just a little rain.

Last year I had the same problem and tried to put straw beneath the berries. I have seen that done with professional growers. But it didn’t work out well.

I also tried to put small branches under the plants, to support the plants and the berries. That didn’t work well either, and it was rather troublesome anyway.

Now I think I have found a great way to support the plants: I took some of the many plastick herb pots, you know the ones you always get new plants in, and cut the bottom away. tip for support for plants

It’s easily done, and you can make the pot as high or low as you want. Then I stuffed the plants with the green berries throug the pot, and it seems to work really well!

After having done that, I only had to cover the strawberry plants with net because of the busy blackbirds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Your Own Bee Hotel!

Here in Denmark, as in so many other countries, the number of bees drops which of course affects the harvest of fruit and berries. Well, I guess we all know it is quite worrying.

Bee hotel with sealed corridors

I have a kitchen garden not far from where I live, where I grow vegetables, have a small apple tree, and a lot of raspberry bushes, not to mention a lot of strawberry plants. So I decided to buy a Bee Hotel, and after only a few hours most ot the “rooms” were taken.

I also drilled holes in an old dead tree, and again the bees loved them and made them homes for upcoming bees.

That was great, of course, but after reading that if you want the new bees, (the ones that will come from these Bee Hotels next year) to not only be male bees then the corridors should be at least 20 cm (aprox 9 inch), I realized that I had to make my own Bee Hotel as well.

(The reason why the corridors have to be at least 20 cm is that the bees place the eggs/larvea that is going to become female bees in the bottom of the corridor, and later the male ones, and if the corridor is short, they will only make male bees.)

So I bought some bamboo sticks with large holes, and by cutting them after each “knee”, I managed to have a lot of sticks closed in one end, which they shall be.

Make your own bee hotel

I guess you can just bind these bamboo stick together with gaffa, but thinking of the winter with snow and rain I decided to make a small house for them.

I placed both Bee Hotels on a wall facing the southeast, 1½ m above ground.

The bees were happy, all the sticks are sealed, which means there are eggs/larvae, and I look forward to lots and lots of bees in my kitchen garden next year 🙂

 

Bamboo sticks for Bees

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New Page With Mother’s Day Coloring Pages

If you are looking for Mother’s Day coloring sheets to print, for free, then I can tell you I have just finished a page on Clipartqueen.com with, not many, but genuine coloring pages with Mother’s Day theme.

Here is a coloring page you only find here, though.

If you want to take a look at the others, you can find them here.

Mother's day coloring sheet

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Cute Easter Craft Idea

Easter is approaching, and here is one more Easter craft idea.

I took this photo in the youthcenter, where the kids in the 0th grade had made a lot of funny Easter decorations.

Among them was this sheep, made of a cirkle of black cardboard cut with legs, a head cut out as well and glued to the cirkle, and then the whole thing was wrapped with beige or white or grey yarns.

They are fun and easy to make, and the look cute when you hang them around from the ceiling or in windows.

Fun Easter Craft

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Find The Hidden Letters Fun

I remember when my kids started learning to read, learning about the letters, a bustour through town could be so much fun.

Every sign they saw had to be spelled out loud, the sign for BUTCHER, SUPERMARKED, KIOSK etc. Even the P for parking was interesting, and the only limit was the speed of the bus.

Now it’s my grandchildren who loves to have fun reading and recognizing the letters.

A friend of mine, Birgitte, has made some great Alphabet books, “The Alphabet Detective” series, where you see pictures from the nature and your surroundings and you shall find the hidden letter.

This is a new idea to me, and now I spend a lot of fun time with my grandchildren looking for “the hidden letters” when we are walking in the town or in a park.

Alphabet hidden letter  Alphabet game  alphabet-x

I am still not as good at this as Birgitte, far from actually, but both my grandchildren and I are getting better and better the more we look!

Kan you find the O, the U, the K and the X in  the pictures above? I guess you can.

Try this little Alphabet game the next time you take a walk, I can highly recommend it. It’s fun!

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