I found this blog of another "beginner" gardener like me! It's so exciting. She is growing strawberries in egg cartons. I've heard you could do this, but I've never actually seen it done. I think that when I get home from my trip I will have to start taking photos of my garden. I really liked the photos that she posted.
Patio Gardening: Alpine Strawberries Growing at Last!!:
I hope that my plants survived the San Diego heat wave in the greenhouse! So crossing my fingers that the housesitter opened both doors so that they didn't cook. :-)