My Bountiful Strawberry Harvest

comments (10) July 15th, 2010

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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How I love pretty food.
 
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I am SO going to make Strawberry Pizelles for my family!
 
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How I love pretty food.
 
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How I love pretty food.

 

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This summer my strawberry beds over-floweth with fruit! And now I'm glad that  when I planted them I put on my big girl panties, closed my eyes, and pinched off all the very first blossoms. Painful; but incredibly rewarding. Removing all the first flowers gave the plants the vigor they needed to offer a bounty of strawberries this July. Although I think strawberry pots are attractive, I get more bang for may buck in a full strawberry bed.

We planted only one variety of strawberries this year; the everbearing Quinault. They're not the largest strawberry variety, but my family loves their sweet flavor. I don't know if it's me, but my Quinaults never mature with any true uniformity. Some end up small and oval, some have no definable shape at all, then there are those that actually look like the traditional strawberry. They're rather nondescript being of run-of-the-mill medium size, but they acquire a sweet, juicy, summer flavor. Which is, of course, the whole point to strawberries.

While the little berries are forming, I like to put straw underneath the plants. Not only does the straw act like a mulch and hold in the moisture (plus help deter weeds) but the fruit has something to rest on while the fruits are developing. Sometimes a bug or two will find them and make little holes that I don't find until I harvest the berries and turn them over. Still, by keeping them from direct contact with the soil, we end up harvesting more in tact strawberries than not.

To tell you the truth, I really enjoy my strawberry beds. They're not only functional for the fruit they produce, but they're ornamental, too. Strawberry plants fill in a bed handsomely and the little red fruits peeking out from underneath add great color to the garden.


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Comments (10)

Tidhamierro writes: Yummm
Posted: 6:27 am on August 25th
deanfox78 writes: wow yummyy.
Posted: 12:18 am on August 3rd
deanfox78 writes: wow yummyy.
Posted: 12:18 am on August 3rd
davisjohnny writes: Creative work
Posted: 3:21 am on April 21st
Gardeniesta writes: I cut off all runners in the fall as I let the plants grow wild the first year. Planted 10 plants and now have many, many more. Will see how they do this year and will pinch off the first blooms. Will post a picture as they grow.
As for size of strawberry garden, they will grow and multiply to whatever size you want, Gardenerabby. They grow like weeds. Lol
Posted: 9:49 am on January 23rd
Gardeniesta writes: I cut off all runners in the fall as I let the plants grow wild the first year. Planted 10 plants and now have many, many more. Will see how they do this year and will pinch off the first blooms. Will post a picture as they grow.
As for size of strawberry garden, they will grow and multiply to whatever size you want, Gardenerabby. They grow like weeds. Lol
Posted: 9:49 am on January 23rd
gardenerabby writes: About how big should you make your strawberry bed?

Posted: 8:25 am on December 20th
TrishaDee writes: i just my first strawberries ever and i am so ready to watch them grow and produce berries
Posted: 8:16 pm on March 16th
jolj writes: For persons in zone 7-10, we could plant berry plants in August. We would have strong root system in June & would only need to thin the blooms. I have read that we should replace the plants every 2-3 years, because by the fourth year the production falls way off. Healthy plants produce runner, so you can replace them with little effort. Also read to use the first runner, but to pinch the second runner, because it is weaker & not needed. One could remove any first runners that are not needed for plants. This would lessen the drain on the plant/ fruit.
Posted: 7:12 pm on July 18th
Veeta writes: I planted June bearing, and I also pinched my flowers, so I am waiting till next year I guess. Is that what I should have done? The plants are looking great and filling out the bed though!
Posted: 10:48 am on July 16th
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