Troll Dolls are toys that date back to 1959. They were first made in Denmark by a Danish woodcutter, Thomas Dam. The original troll doll was carved as a Christmas gift for Dam’s daughter, Lila. When the kids in town saw the doll, they wanted one. too, and the company “Dam Things” was born. The dolls were made from plastic instead of wood, and were called “Good Luck Trolls”.
Still popular today, the Troll dolls are being used as planters, often for succulents. They are so cute!
I don’t know for sure how they are made, but my guess is that you would remove the hair, and maybe remove the plastic base of the hair, so there would be more room for the potting soil. Then add your soil, plants and water.
The larger sized troll dolls could hold a larger plant, as in this picture:
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They’re just so cute!
Strawberries are my favorite fruit and my favorite dessert (with cake and whipped cream, of course).
Growing them, however, can be challenging for some. They require quite a bit of space if you want them nice and plump, and if you have birds and rabbits about your yard like we do, it can be tough to keep them away. They best solution I have for scaring off the birds is Christmas tree tinsel. I like to tie it or staple a few pieces to the planter box, or tie it to some wire and poke it right into the soil. This allows it to really move in the breeze, making it seem more alive and “scary” to the birds.
As far as the space issue and rabbit issue, I like to use vertical containers. The rabbits have a harder time getting to the berries, especially if you set them up higher on blocks. Vertical containers also allow for growing more fruit in a smaller square foot area of your yard or on your deck or patio! I am a huge fan of space saving, and if you are looking to do the same, then vertical is the way to go.
How do you get started in vertical strawberry growing? Below are a few tutorials to help you build your own containers and get growing!
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Notice in this bottom photo that berries are growing out of each layer! It is made from pallets. Be sure to check out all of these great tutorials to see which idea best suits your garden space.
If your dog is outdoors a lot, especially in the warmer months, this would be a great idea. Ready water, plus no messy bowls sitting around! You just have to measure to make sure your bowls will fit inside your planters.