The work continues on my Garden Labyrinth in my own yard as discussed in a couple of previous posts. We have now built another garden box and I have started planting the first one. I have added ever-bearing strawberries to the first box. The strawberries are later to come to fruitation. The harvest will begin late in July, about a month after the regular strawberry harvest starts. Ever-bearing strawberries will produce until late in the year. I have eaten strawberries as late as December. I planted two rows and will now plant sunflowers in the back half of the bed. The sunflowers will create a privacy back drop and will be a beautiful addition as they mature. They will be facing East so they will get plenty of morning sun. The sunflowers will also attract many bees and insects that will serve to pollinate everything I have growing in my gardens. The strawberries were a gift from one of my garden owners who wanted to divide and had lots to give away. They have weathered the winter a little worse for the wear but are already perking up. I have tested my soil and it is a well balanced soil and does not need any enrichment. The first two garden boxes built are 11.5 inches high by 4 feet wide x 8 ft long. The newest garden box is built from pine 2 x 4’s and is 16 inches high by 4 feet wide x 7 feet long. Four feet is the widest we will build them as anything wider will be hard to weed. We have reinforced each box with a brace to ensure they do not bulge from the weight of the soil inside.
I also have regular bearing strawberries that I planted underneath my Japanese ornamental cherry tree so my grandchildren will have strawberries to eat for many months.