Happy National Strawberry Day! Strawberries deserve a day, don’t you think? They are sweet and yummy and full of Vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer.
I planted strawberries and peas together in a large pot on my deck last year. I chose to buddy them up in the same pot for several reasons:
- Peas are members of the legume family. They fixed nitrogen in the soil and made it available for hungry strawberry plants.
- The large, toothed, dark green foliage of strawberry plants contrasted nicely with the pea’s blue-green leaves.
- Runners of strawberry plants trailed over the edges of the pot while pea vines climbed up the obelisk.
- They are both favorites of mine, and I wanted them both close by for quick and easy snacking.
I started by adding organic fertilizer to a good quality, light, soilless potting mix and mixed it in thoroughly.
Strawberry plants were planted along the edge of the pot, loosening the roots of each plant before setting it into its new home.
Care was taken to avoid burying the crowns of plants in the potting mix.
With the strawberry plants in place, the obelisk was inserted into the pot.
Pea seeds were pushed down deeply into the potting mix on all four sides of the obelisk.
The strawberry plants and pea seeds were watered thoroughly. The potting mix was kept slightly moist to help roots of plants establish and seeds germinate.
It wasn’t long before pea seedlings emerged.
And then slender tendrils started to wrap themselves around the obelisk.
Both strawberry plants and pea vines kept growing, filling out the pot quite nicely.
The first ripe strawberries were picked in mid-June.
As plants grew, flowers bloomed on pea vines and strawberry plants, promises of fruits and vegetables to come.
Peas started to form in the pods.
Finally, sweet-as-candy peas were bulging in their pods signaling the time to pick and enjoy!
I enjoyed handfuls of both strawberries and peas most of the summer from my Peas & Strawberries Pot. They were perfect snacks while working in the garden or after a day at the garden center.
I plan to plant this pot again in April but will add a few nasturtium seeds around the obelisk to add a little more color to the design.
Are you planning to plant strawberries this year? You should. Besides all their health benefits, they taste so good. Garden with me!