|First real snow of this winter.|
But the high temperature was consistently hitting the 50s at the time. No problem. I can just plant them, I figured.
|One of the frozen strawberry beds. The green is a not-too-successful |
cover of Austrian winter peas.
In two days, the high will hit the upper 40s and Sunday and Monday will be in the 50s, before the temp falls again (It's roller coaster season). I'll be able to plant them soon. Just not today or tomorrow. What do I do with them in the meantime?
The instructions accompanying the two bundles (25 bare root plants each) of strawberries said to plant right away or to "heel them in," which is a temporary planting, until I can get them to the permanent location. If the weather was such that I could heel them in, I would just plant them. The two new strawberry beds are ready. Except that they are covered with snow.
I called the toll-free number on the instruction sheet and asked if I could just leave them in their plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.
"No. They'll get moldy," she told me.
|Fifty (count 'em, 50) bareroot strawberry plants.|
"The refrigerator is too damp. Put them in sawdust, or compost and set them in an unheated garage."
Well, I've got an unheated garage, but no sawdust and the compost is outside, under the snow, in the bitter cold. "Can I just wrap them in damp newspaper and keep them in the garage?" I asked.
"Sure." Was the reply.
Great. I've got newspaper. Now my strawberries are in the garage waiting to get planted. Then I will cover them with mulch and wait for spring. The varieties are Eclair and Eversweet, one is a June-bearer, the other everbearing. I selected them for the reportedly good taste and disease resistance. Maybe I will get the strawberry growing thing right this time. We'll see when the snow melts.
|Rosemary is shivering in the snow.|