Strawberry Fields- Another Update!

Yes, we know they need to be weeded. Yes, we know that if we put straw on them, it would keep the weeds from growing.

There is a friggen horse flies nest on the end of the last row and it’s hard enough to just get them watered. Those suckers will chase your for miles, I swear.

But look at well how they’re growing anyway!

We have found it near impossible to get straw- everyone grows hay. So we’ve been doing some research on what to grow and it appears that Barley straw will be best for a couple different uses.

One, its soft and springy so it will be a nice cushion for the berries.

Two, we can put it in the ponds to cut down on the algae growth as it break down into a “algistat”. Not to be confused with an “algicide” which would kill existing algae as well.

Three, we can use it as nesting material for the girls – because of aforementioned bounciness and springiness, we feel they’ll like it.

So, we are going to buy a few pounds of that seed for next year and grow our own straw. In the meantime, we’re going to have to do some weeding, smacking at horse flies all the while.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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