Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Outside...

This is what Greg and I did today. Any guesses as to what they are? As Greg says it looks pretty hillbilly or redneck... These are going to be our strawberry towers. Of course there are nicer, wooden ones out there, but we decided to go with the cheaper and easier to built versions. I saw some like this on a blog (can't find it anymore) and wanted to have some ever since. Basically we made the wire frame, lined it with a tarp and filled it with compost/soil. We are going to let the soil settle for a week or so and then cut slits in the tarps and plant the strawberries around the tower. No more strawberries laying and rotting on the soil, maybe no more slugs getting a little snack. Hopefully this will work out they way we envision it, I'll definitely let you know....
Oh, I also plan on sewing some seeds on the top. No need to let that space go to waste...
Das haben Greg und ich heute gemacht. Irgendeine Idee was das sein soll? Nein? Es sind unsere Erdbeertuerme, oder sollen es werden wenn mal die Erdbeeren gepflanzt sind. Sehen die Tuerme schoen aus? Nicht unbedingt, aber wir haben Hoffnung das unsere Erdbeeren darin besser gedeihen, nicht mehr auf der Erde verfaulen und auch nicht mehr den Nacktschnecken zum Opfer fallen. Gesehen habe ich so etwas in der Art schon vor laengerer Zeit auf einem blog, finde ihn aber leider nicht mehr. Es besteht aber wirklich nur aus einem Drahtgestell, einer Plastikfolie und Compost und Erde. Wir lassen die Tuerme jetzt fuer eine Woche oder so stehen, damit sich die Erde etwas absetzen kann. Dann werden ringsherum um den Turm Loecher in die Folie geschnitten und die Erdbeer von aussen reingepflanzt. Ob es wirklich so klappt wie wir es uns erhoffen weiss ich nicht, ich werde euch aber auf dem Laufenden halten.
Oh, oben in den Turm werde ich auch etwas pflanzen oder saen. Kein Grund den Platz zu verschwenden.While we were working in the back yard, the girls were having fun in the front yard with their friends. Here is Hannah with a friend and her little brother. Too cool for their own good... :-)
Waehrend wir hinten im Garten gearbeitet haben, waren die Maedels und ihre Freunde vorne und haben gespielt. Hier ist Hannah, eine Freundin und deren kleiner Bruder. Zu cool... :-)

12 comments:

  1. The strawberry towers look ingenious to me, and that little boy in the front yard is just being too cool for his own good!

    Ha ha

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  2. What a neat way to do the strawberry tower! I hope you have a wonderful crop this year!

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  3. Ich denke schon, dass das klappt. Habe solch ähnliche "Erdbeerkonstruktionen" schon zum Aufhängen gesehen. Sieht auch klasse aus, wenn die Erdbeeren blühen bzw. Früchte tragen.
    Hab einen wunderschönen Sonntag und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt, Petra

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  4. Hello, Anke,

    Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind words about the passing of our uncle. He's been an invalid for the last several years, but our aunt wanted to keep him at home. She's going to be lost without him to care for.

    We had temperatures close to 60 degrees today...the sun was shining brightly and our snow is melting! Spring is on its way. We saw our first robin yesterday, but the song birds are back...I love this time of year.

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  5. ja,natürlich "Erdbeertürme"!!! geht auch für
    Tomaten und Kartoffeln.Da kannste dann Deine
    ERdbeeren mit der Leiter ernten.(hihi).Habt ihr eigentlich schon kurzarm Temperaturen oder ist das Joe Cold sorry COOL. Bis bald.Foto,Brief????
    Liebe Grüsse
    Sylvia

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  6. Sylvia, am Wochenende und gestern konnten wir in T-shirts rumlaufen. :-) Soll jetzt aber ganz viel regnen und wieder etwas kuehler werden. Naja, solange es keinen Schnee mehr gibt sind wir happy.

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  7. Hallo Anke,
    toll sind die Erdbeertürme und sieht gut aus, wenn die Erdbeeren blühen...

    Liebe Grüße schickt Dir Traudi

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  8. Hello Anke,
    I just finished telling my husband on our way in from visiting his dad that I was excited to check the blog and see if you'd found today's post yet because I thought it was something that you would enjoy. I'm so glad that you did!

    Thank you for sharing with me about the town and the bridge. How neat that you actually have a picture of your girls on that very bridge. When I see that from now on I will think of them...and you. :)

    It would give me great pleasure to make my Lebkuchen with spices from Germany! I have a new friend here who is German. She is actually our new pastor's wife...and she's lived in the US for 38 years, with the exception of about 8 years or so that they spent in Germany as missionaries. Anyway...back around Christmas I took her some Lebkuchen in a zip lock bag. The first thing she wanted to do was open the bag JUST TO TAKE IN THE AROMA OF THE SPICES! She then went on to tell me how American spices couldn't hold a candle to the German ones. Ever since then I have wanted German spices, but I'm just not sure where to look for them in our area. SO...if I could send you money before your upcoming visit back to Germany I would be very grateful to you for picking them up for me. Thank you SO much for offering!

    SO SO glad that you enjoyed today's post. Marianne and I were talking on Sunday and she was telling me about what she does when she gets homesick for her homeland...it brought tears to my eyes because I hadn't thought about how she would still miss it even though she's lived in the US for the majority of the last 38 years. The next thought I had was of you and how you must miss your family and just the joy of being in your homeland and the liberty that must come with that.

    I trust you will have a wonderful remainder of the week, Anke.

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  9. Liebe Anke,
    ich hab mich über Deinen Besuch auf meinem Blog seeeeehr gefreut! Da ich noch relative "Neu-Bloggerin" bin, freue ich mich wie eine Königin über jeden Besuch und jeden Kommentar. Also hab ich auch gerade mal bei Dir reingeschaut und jede Menge Interessantes gefunden - superschön dein Blog. Und das mit den Erdbeertürmen ist einfach eine geniale Idee! Das werd ich auch mal versuchen. Ich wünsche dir noch einen schönen Tag und viel Sonnenschein! Liebe Grüße von Antje aus der Villa Lilla

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  10. Anke, thank you so much for your very sweet note you left me. I appreciate so much your generosity concerning the spices...but even more I appreciate your willingness to share your heart.

    When I think of you, I often think of our daughter and the years she spent in Mexico City. She missed us, of course, but she was so happy there because that is where her husband was, and as time went on where their son was born, and because they knew that as a family they were where they were supposed to be. So, I understand how you miss your family in Germany...especially during events in our lives that are celebrated as family times...and the ways of life there, but how you also are happy here with your family. It is what you've committed to when moving here with your husband...and that is what makes our lives so full and rich, is it not? Being committed to those we love and hold dear.

    Have a wonderful remainder of the week.

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  11. what a novel way to plant strawberries anke! reminds me of the hanging bags they have for strawberries, only bigger and better. i can't wait to see how they do for you this year:) awwww hannah is getting so tall!

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  12. That is a great way to plant the strawberries. Your husband sounds a lot like mine on thinking of ideas! I bought 3 strawberry plants the other year, and they have multiplied. I think we need to make something like yours for this year!
    Your girl and her friends look so grownup!
    By the way I am catching up on blog reading, can you tell?!!!

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