The Strawberries are ripe in my garden.
Last year I planted 25 bare root plants
and this year I have been overtaken.
Boy have they spread. I even gave 30 plants away at
the beginning of the season.
I need to prepare another bed and move the new runners.
The main strawberry plant will only produce for around 3 years, but
if you keep moving the runners to new areas you
can keep your harvest producing for many more years.
Here’s a few tips I have learned from having my own
1. Only pick the bright red fully ripe berries, if they are light red
or have any white on them, they are NOT ripe. Wait another day and
check them again.
2. Strawberries only ripen on the vine, so if you think you will pick and they will ripen in the fridge, you are wrong. It doesn’t work that
way with strawberries. Who want’s to eat a bitter berry?
3. Don’t over water, if you do, you will dilute the flavor of the
berries and they will start to rot.
4. Only wash the berries you will eat at that moment. If you wash them all then think you will eat them in a few day, you will be disappointed, they will
have already started rotting.
5. Refrigerate any uneaten berries with the tops on.
6. Freeze or make jam from any soft strawberries.
So far our growing season has been perfect here this year.
We have had the right amount of warm weather, but not hot, and the perfect
amount of rain. I hope it keeps up and the rest
of my garden does as well as the strawberries.