Strawberry Fields

Welcome bloggers, gardeners and growers to Garden2Blog, hosted by P. Allen Smith. Throughout the event, you will no doubt learn about many trends and tips in gardening from Allen, your peers, as well as the presenting sponsors. Since this is a unique opportunity for Corona, as it is for this year’s hand-selected participants, we thought this would be a great platform to pose a challenge to help to generate awareness to a growing problem.

The Cause

Each day, we are exposed to more and more unhealthy, processed foods, that are laden with sugars, starches, and saturated fats. Our fruits and vegetables contain chemical pesticides and unsanitary processing conditions have led to national salmonella recalls. Our meats contain growth hormones to produce more in less time, in less than desirable conditions and also processed in conditions that have led to e-coli outbreaks and death. In the US, it’s cheaper to buy a fast food cheeseburger than some organic vegetables. As a result we have become a fatter nation with alarming rates of obesity and children with diabetes, and food recalls. These days the only way to insure the quality of food is to grow it ourselves. There is a growing trend to grow at home for those fortunate with to have plenty of space, and a desire for small space gardeners with limited space.

The Project

The goal of Corona’s Strawberry Field project is to demonstrate to everyone that even in the smallest of spaces, we can all make a difference by growing fresh, nutritious and organic food. The project is open to all the participating Garden2Blog participants. To enter the challenge, notify Chris Sabbarese no later than May 2, 2011. Once entered, you will receive a package of 3 bare-root strawberry plants and a Corona trowel. Once you receive the package, it’s up to you to determine how you will grow them in a small space. Be as creative as you want, with the goal, demonstrating how even in the smallest space anyone can grow.

The Details

Create a post on your blog to document your plans and success in the Corona Strawberry Field’s Challenge and referencing/ linking to this page. You will be judged on 3 categories;

Creativity – planting method that maximizes space

Production – planting method that yields the greatest number of berries

Comments – the greatest number of comments and questions generated

The Winning Field

The “strawberry field” with the highest combined score will win a personalized iPad 2 and be featured on the Corona Tools website for promoting change even in the smallest of spaces.


17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kerry  |  April 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Great to meet you all. Count me in for this challenge!

    • 2. coronatools  |  May 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I’ve got you on the project list! Thanks Kerry. Chris

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  • 4. denajill  |  May 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I’m ready for the Strawberry JAM! I have Strawberry Fields (Beatles) playing over and over in my head…thanks Corona! Here is a link to my blog.

    • 5. coronatools  |  May 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Dena. Hopefully it helps spark the imagination for everyone that we can all make a difference no matter where were are or the space we have a available. I can’t wait to share the creative ideas you all come up with. Chris

  • 6. Jenny Peterson  |  May 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I’m in, Chris! I have a 150 square foot balcony so it’ll be interesting to see how they grow!

    • 7. coronatools  |  May 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Jenny, that’s perfect and I am so glad you are in! A 150 sq ft balcony certainly demonstrates how anyone can start growing regardless of space. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Chris

  • 8. Mary Ellen  |  May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Wow! An iPad 2 for growing delicious strawberries. Pretty good deal.

  • 9. Jacqueline D'Elia  |  May 15, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Thanks Chris. I just received my plants. Which variety of strawberry plants did we receive from Stark Bros? They’re not marked anywhere I can see.

    I’m excited to see these plants grow in my garden.

  • 10. Jacqueline D'Elia  |  May 15, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I found it!! I received Tribute strawberries.

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    • 17. coronatools  |  July 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Great update and progress Jenny! I can’t believe you have 4 rhizomes from just one plant! Very impressive…! Mine don’t look nearly as pretty and only 2 rhizomes so far but lots of potential for berries in just 3 short months 🙂 You are indeed an inspiration that we can all do this. Chris


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