I'm Having Strawberry Dreams

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
May 20, 2009 11:57am CST
Oh man I love strawberries, not as much as raspberries but it's close. Raspberries have an attachment to my childhood that makes them the winner but today I am happy to say that the strawberry plants we planted last year are flowering today. I take pictures every day so I can add them to my garden site so I know they weren't their yesterday. We bought just one plant last year and I planted them in a raised bed we have the should help control runners but this year that one plant has gone from about 10 inches across to 3 feet by 6 feet now. Looking forward to picking them. It will be our first strawberries we grew ourselves. My wife hasn't seen the flowers yet, she is going to be excited. We are both still pretty new to gardening. Do you grow strawberries? How many plants do you have?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 May 09
Unfortunately we have to buy ours from the store and I just bought two quarts of fresh strawberries and some blueberries. We love strawberries and I buy them whenever I can. I would love to have about ten plants but with my brother in laws chickens running around that would be senseless since they ruin everything we try to plant. Last year they ate all the tomatoes and all the cucumbers that we tried to grow. Talk about being mad. But my brother in law won't keep all his chickens penned all the time so it is a lost cause for us to try to enjoy that unless we get one of those Topsy curvy things and use it to plant them in off the ground but still they would probably find a way.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
25 May 09
I would say it's time for a chicken fence to protect an area where you can grow what you want without fear of chicken destruction. :) Mmmmmm chicken soup, deep fried chicken, chicken fingers. Hmmmm, a lot of ways to cut down on the chicken population. I have wanted to give a few upside down planters for strawberries and tomatoes to see just how good they are.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 May 09
Believe me those birds would be tough..lol They are his fighting roosters. But we tried the fence it was only 2 feet but we thought it would be enough to keep then out. Boy was we wrong. They fly up into the trees at night and right down into the garden in the morning. But let me know if they work I would buy a few nothing better then vine ripened tomatoes warm from the sun and fresh strawberries plucked straight from the vine. Me being in a strawberry field would be heaven..
@Beenice (237)
• Canada
25 May 09
I'm so happy for you guys. I love fruits trees too. We have only 3 rasberries plants for now, and over 32 strawberries in our garden this year, and one blackberry. You know that the strawberries plants 2 years ago we had ordered only14 plants and they reproduce fast. I know that every 3 years you have to move them in another corner of you property so they can keep growing well.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
25 May 09
I know what you mean. We bought just one strawberry plant and now we have a section that is 3 feet wide and 5 feet long now. We had to continually control runners last summer. We also just noticed that our raspberry vines have reproduced as well.
@Philbo (579)
• Canada
24 May 09
For me strawberries trump raspberries hands down. Just started a new patch this year. We had a weedy neglected patch but I dug up all the good ones and transplanted them somewhere where they can be properly maintained. Won't get a lot out of it this year but the future is bright. I used to make money as a kid picking strawberries for farmers where I grew up. It is amazing that I could actually make money and not eat myself sick.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 May 09
I think as a kid at the U-Pick places I have it worked out so that all that I picked with my left hand went directly to my mouth and the right hand to the basket. Some times I am sure I accidentally used both hands to stuff them in my face.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
20 May 09
I love strawberries, too. We used to have a large bed of them in our garden. It was a lot of work, really. It is much easier to grow them in smaller patches, or even in large pots on a sunny patio. Those first flowers are exciting! And the first berries you get even moreso. Karen
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 May 09
When I was a kid almost 50 years ago we had a huge garden because it had to provide for a big family all winter long but we didn't have strawberries. Instead we went to You Pick places. I used to eat so many while picking it's a wonder I got any in the 6 quart baskets we used. :) My wife is going to so happy to see the flowers. Last year, when we planted them we were told to just cut off any berries for that year and we would have a better plant the following year, so we did. I thought my wife was going to cry when I cut off all the little green berries. I will let her pick and eat the first one that is ripe though.