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Thursday, November 14, 2013


The gift wrap, a recycled plastic bag, dead leaves and brown paper bags inside.
But since the gift was from noted author/artist/storied NYC gardener Abbie Zabar, maybe something else of more interest.
Inside the plastic, nine individually wrapped strawberry plants, roots carefully shielded, each plant with a rubberband to secure it until planting. Ever thoughtful, Abbie choose one plant (top left) with a berry still attached so I could see what I had to look forward to.
The reverse side of the label had the variety name, 'Mara des Bois' which I could further investigate. Full sun, plant with crown at soil level, excellent drainage, like all other strawberries; info courtesy of Mr. Google.
Abbie explained that the plants were divisions of her own and the leaves from her roof garden to use as mulch. I thought back over all of the divisions I've given over the years and I blush with shame at my carelessness.
Nine plants, happily ensconced in a self-watering container await next spring.
But I have one MAJOR problem. How can I let them fully ripen and still get a taste before the hordes of kids who live in the building scarf them. They have as much right to pick from the communal garden as I, but me, me, me I quietly scream.


Ellen Zachos said...

Post a sign above the strawberries saying False Strawberries and add a skull & crossbones.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

I was thinking more along the lines of a sign saying "these are good for you, recommended by parents and teachers.Will improve your health"

Ellen Spector Platt said...

J.B. wrote me: "Enjoyed last blog post. I'm looking forward to strawberry shortcake in the spring."
me to J.B. more likely three berries on my Cheerios.

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