Strawberry Fields Forever!
Ok! One more thread tonite! Ever since I moved in here IÂve wanted to put in some strawberry plants. Because of my VERY limited space, I couldnÂt possibly put in the "regularÂ kind that spread by runners, so FINALLY, last February I winter sowed some Fragaria vesca seed. ThatÂs a little runnerless "alpine" strawberryÂsometimes called a French gourmet strawberry. They produce VERY small berries, but theyÂre VERY flavorful. When I planted them out, they were too small to even take a picture of. I was worried theyÂd get buried under the (small) bark mulch I have and die! But they did well, and hereÂs a couple pictures showing their progression over the summer. The first is a picture 4 or 5 weeks after they were planted.
The second was taken about 7 weeks after the first. I absolutely couldnÂt believe, considering how small they were when I put them out, that they were actually blooming and starting to produce berries!
And here, about a month after the second picture, is this yearÂs crop! I got three ripe strawberries! They were considerably bigger than I was expectingÂclose to an inch long, and they were VERY good!
Can hardly wait for next yearÂs cropÂwhich I expect to be considerably bigger! Ok! ItÂll never be a lot! The whole patch is just a couple square feet! But theyÂll be GOOD!
Any other fun strawberry stories around here?