I know that this is NOT a gardening blog, but indulge me. I have this big ole VINTAGE strawberry pot. It has 16 side holes and stands 18” tall. A couple of the “lips” are broken off and it has some paint drips on it, but I love it nonetheless. The former owner left it when he sold the property to us and it sat empty for a couple of years before I decided to plant something in it.
So what DO you plant in a strawberry pot?
Well, BEGONIAS, of course!
A few years ago I read about planting begonias in a strawberry pot and I’ve done it for the past three or four years. I love the way it brings color to the deck all summer.
Here’s the pot (mine was already loaded with dirt from last year), the begonias, and my furry feline assistant!
We love our cats, don't we!!!
I started at the bottom and planted my way to the top.
30 minutes later, here’s what you get when you plant begonias in a strawberry pot!
You'll notice my assistant isn't worrying about cleaning up for me!!!
If you are interested in trying this, here’s a few hints:
You’ll need one small plant per hole and then at least five or six for the top opening. I bought (4) 6-packs of plants, one for each of the 16 side holes, leaving 8 plants for the top.
Be sure to get the right type of begonias for where your strawberry pot will be sitting. If it will be sitting in the sun, get “full-sun” begonias; if in partial shade, “part-sun” begonias. Buy the correct plants because once the pot is loaded with dirt, you won’t be moving it!
If you are starting with an empty pot, add dirt to just above the bottom row of holes, plant the bottom row; add dirt again to just above the next row of holes, plant the next row and continue up until you finish with the plants in the top opening.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little gardening diversion.