My Strawberries are ready in the Garden

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.

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  1. We are big strawberry eaters – most of the strawberries around the US come from a place about 5 miles from us – but we have never tried growing them. Maybe I should now.

  2. Yum! Strawberries are my favorite!! I’ve never tried to grow them – our soil is so rocky and the heat gets so bad in the summer. Everything I try to grow just curls up and dies. So, I just quit trying. I buy a lot at the store tho. LOL


  3. We used to have a strawberry patch when our kids were younger. Recently my grown daughter told me her favorite childhood memory was sitting in the strawberry patch, picking berries, surrounded by a litter of kittens.

    I guess it truly is the little things they remember.

    Enjoy the bounty

  4. I just went strawberry picking today! And that first ripe berry tasted so good!

  5. OH yum! We planted 5 strawberry plants last year and I think we had a total of 12 strawberries this year ha 🙂 They made ONE very delicious strawberry shortcake – need to plant more for sure.

  6. I always loved having strawberries in the garden. I used to have a little stool I used to pick them! YUMMY! Enjoy!

  7. You always have wonderful tips! Thank you 🙂 It’s too bad you received a lot of spam comments from “maddsolutiononline” ~ it seems rather rude.

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