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First strawberries of the year!

May 4, 2006

The strawberry nearest to the camera is the first strawberry that I’ve grown. What a marvel. Before I tasted strawberries from the garden, I couldn’t understand what exactly was so special about strawberries. Now I know I needto grow twice as many and am eager to try different varieties. The native garrigues are producing well considering that I ignore them most of the time. I’m starting to think that my lack of presence in this commuter garden is a good thing.

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  1. I’m with you. Most strawberries I’ve tasted tend to require macerating. I avoid the conventionally produced berries, also. I should try growing some.

    Comment by Matthew — May 7, 2006 @ 22:18

  2. I just picked my first homegrown strawberries too. They taste far better than any of the ones I find in the grocery stores. Next year, I’d like to grow more.

    Comment by Calendula & Concrete — May 8, 2006 @ 16:33

  3. Calendula (what a great name, Calendula (&) Concrete!), in the course of the gardenening day my mind races from strawberry plantation to just buying a few more plants. I had planted mint along the banks of my watering channels to strengthen it, but next year I’m going to take it out and plant strawberries. How many strawberries would you have to have that you would feel sated with the fresh berries and start making jams?

    Comment by debra — May 9, 2006 @ 9:29

  4. I have about five plants now and that is giving me about 4 or 5 ripe strawberries every day. I am not sure how many I would need to make jam. I never made my own before but I think it would be fun to try. Maybe next year I’ll go up to 10 plants. The problem is, my garden plot is very tiny. I have to balance the strawberries with everthing else I try to grow. I’m running out of space.

    Comment by Calendula & Concrete — May 12, 2006 @ 0:48

  5. Calendula, if you have walls in your garden you can stack ceramic or pvc pipes, fill them with earth and go vertical with your strawberries. I’m going to go vertical with my roaming plants - which you can see in today’s entry. It’s experimental, don’t know if it will actually work, but I built a framework out of bamboo so that the gourds and melons can go upwards. Right now I’ve just got the framework which I will strengthen when the climbing plants are big enough to climb, now the extra sticks would just block out the sun. Let’s hope this works!

    Comment by Debra — May 12, 2006 @ 8:49

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