I bought a thousand strawberries.
No not a thousand berries – that would be crazy.
I bought a thousand strawberry plants.
This weekend I planted them all. I planted a lot in the gutters of our vertical strawberry garden in the fruitcage – after I had filled them all with soil.
I planted a lot in 52 growbags in the fruit cage and the polytunnel – after I had hacked at and chopped up the compacted compost inside them.
And I planted some more in the ground in the polytunnel.
A thousand strawberry plants. My back hurts.
And why you might ask did I buy a thousand?
It is much, much cheaper to buy in bulk from a wholesale strawberry merchant than a garden centre or plant store, and the minimum they sell is a thousand plants.
The strawberry plants will hopefully produce some fruit this year but they should be producing well for next year just in time for the opening of the cafe.
Dream big I say.
N.B. I bought 500 Royal Sovereign and 500 Flamenco.