Gardening

Gardening: Strawberry Pollination

Strawberry is a seed plant. To produce berries out of strawberry flowers, we need to pollinate strawberries. There are mainly three ways to do pollination.

1. Insects like bees can carry pollen (outside in spring time)

2. Wind can shake strawberry flowers for pollination (outside or indoor by fan)

3. Touch pistils with cotton sticks or fingers (outside or indoor)

Since it is still before last frost date here in Oregon and I still keep strawberries indoor, today I used a cotton stick to pollinate strawberries. We need try to get pollen from stamens with the cotton stick and then touch pistil. In general, we need to cover the whole pistil area evenly to grow nice berries. Otherwise, berries could become strange shape. The worst case is it turns into brown color, which means that the flower failed to get pollinated.

strawberry_pollination

If pollination is successful, the pistil remains green and it will become a green berry and graduatelly turn red and big. Then, time to taste our own organic strawberries 🙂

Gardening

Gardening: Asparagas First Stem

Today, one asparagas stem popped up after started with roots on 1/28/2017.  Now it is becoming green.

Usually, for the first year after plant asparagas roots, a few stems are only supposed to pop up. We can start collecting a handful number of asparagus from second or third year. They will grow for 10 to 15 years.

This tells that spring is coming soon 🙂 I am interested how this first stem grows.

first_asparagus_stem