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Strawberry Patch - A shot of mine this March.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
March 22, 2010 6:05pm CST
Here's a shot of my strawberry patch. Well, what can be seen right now anyhow. With the warm weather and the sunny area they sit in they have started to pop up and I see many new shoots. I have to thin the patch out this year as well. I hope to make some jam or jelly this year. But that all depends on my lazyiness meter at the time of picking. If you have a recipe for jam or jelly for strawberries please post it here. Do you have a strawberry patch? Or do you buy them from a Farmers Market? A grocery Store? As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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22 Mar 10
i got 9 strawberry plants free with 3 strawberry pots from a seed catalogue about 4 years ago. every year they increase by little offsets, but i keep them in pots, the long narrow ones as the neighbourhood slugs love visiting my garden. i am absolutely sure, there is a big neon lit arrow over my garden saying 'slug and snail heaven, come and get it!!' I check as often as i can for slugs and snails, but the little perishers pop up all over the place. As far as I can remember with strawberry jam, lots of sugar and hot boiling water and strawberries of course, but as soon as we get our strawberries , theyre picked and scoffed. This year we have changed our holiday to a little bit earlier as last year, we were away for a fortnight and i missed the best of the strawberries and raspberries, so according to the timing this year, we should have plenty of fruit to pick. This year i will find a good recipe for fruit jam and pass it on.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Mar 10
We started with just 4 plants about 4 years ago to where we are now. Every two years the oldest plants should be removed and the shoots moved off to the free side to assist in better fruit bearing. I read that somewhere on a gardening site online years ago. I add coffee grounds etc to the soil to rid the slugs here. Plus I make my own compost which helps keep bugs etc at bay. Thanks as well. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
6 Apr 10
hi Bob, sorry about not acknowledging B/R earlier, but have been laid up with horrible coughing /vomiting bug, so first time have felt like logging on. I will try the coffee grounds trick which sounds lots better than slug pellets. (Something i used to use, but stopped, due to birds, cats and dogs possible poisoning) Thanks for the other hints too on the propagation. best wishes and happy gardening! I went out today for the first time too to have a little look round and was amazed by good old mother nature yet again.
@GardenGerty (99477)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I generally buy my strawberries. I keep frozen ones year round. I have not grown any in ages. Do you know what is really yummy? Cut a small ripe cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, put a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream in it, then top with strawberries, either fresh or frozen. It is one of the best summer desserts there is, and full of vitamins C and A. I love it. Buying frozen fruit is one thing I do for me that is a treat.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Thank you for telling us about this,GG! It sounds so yummy! Kathy.
23 Mar 10
Hi GRANDPA BOB, I bet you can't wait really to start on those jam, I don't make jam as I can't grow strawberry in my small garden, so I just buy couple of punets in the farm shop and have tem with cream, lovely! Tamara
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I'll have lots of red rasberries as well for jelly and or jam. Gotta get some recipes soon. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I could eat a big ol' homegrown strawberry. I make freexer jam & i go buy the recipe in the sre-jell box. I think it's very good & my kids like it.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I also was thinking of the recipe from the surejell boxes. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I have a strawberry patch, but they are wild and with my son, I am fortunate to get enough to put on my cereal..lol
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I have a bunch of Everbloom Red Rasberry shrubs as well. Those we pick each day for cereal, puddings etc. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
• United States
22 Mar 10
I envy your space for a strawberry patch. Mine are in pots & since I'm in the far south, I already have 5 or 6 berries on the plants. About 40 miles south of me they have been picking the fields for a month or so.. I dearly love strawberries & can never have too many. Slice 'em. Freeze 'em. Year round delight.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I have maybe 75 plants total here. Planning on adding more this year as I am thinning out the 2 year old plants. Mine wont fruit till Early July or so. But when they do, yummy. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 10
hi Grandpa Bob I wish I did own a strawberry patch but I am going to somehow get around the cor ner to this vietnamese market. they tell me he has really great prices and sells fresh fruit in the spring. all we ever get at meals is canned stuff. oh I do love nice ripe red strawberries, yummy. Also he sells in large quantities too. anyway keep us posted on how your strawberry patch grows and produces lots of berriesfor you.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Nice patch! We have a strawberry patch too. We freeze the strawberries or turn them over to my friend who makes some out of this world jam! Happy gardening!
• Canada
22 Mar 10
You are Sooooooooooooo lucky GB! If I weren't renting this place I know I would have a nice garden out back and be growing stuff too! When we get our strawberries, we usually get them at the grocery store or a farmers market if we happen to catch it in time! I wish you and your crops the best year yet! Luv, Teddy XxXx
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@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
wow a strawberry patch, how I wish to grow one as well. Strawberries grow here in cold place only. So that's the no.1 product of Baguio city, our summer capital. We could buy fresh or preserve jams and jellies. Haven't tried making jam or jelly but will try once I got fresh ones, exciting I guess...
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
6 Apr 10
This is my first year even attempting to grow strawberries. I have them in a sunny container out front. Do they need any special care? How often to water them? Is it difficult? Thanks
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Hi Grandpa Bob. I dont grow strawberries cause I dont have room for them. I sure do love eating strawberries,but I have to buy them at the store and they are not that good. We have only one farmers Market here and they only come once a week. The times that I go they never have strawberries. You can send some of yours my way. lol..
@BarBaraPrz (19872)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Mar 10
I do have a strawberry patch, and spent some time cleaning it up last week during the pleasant weather. (It's cooler and rainy now.) There were a lot of runners, so I offered some on my local freecycle site. Some of those runners had set down roots between the paving stones!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Mar 10
usually by from the store dont think they would grow here its so sandy
• Hong Kong
23 Mar 10
it has been a hard year but we should always do some good things with a helping hand, i will take a chance to have a job these year so i am relying on my own i hope the day comes by giving me a very great opportunity i am looking for.. keep up and stay happy always..
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I love strawberries! I haven't had any in a while. I think I will buy some next time I go to the grocery store. The strawberry jam or jelly sounds so good! I hardly ever eat it, though, because I'm usually trying to watch my weight. Kathy.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
I have wide space for planting here in the backyard but haven't got time to plant. I'm always busy with paperworks at school and have my part-time job being a technician at my friends cellphone/mobile repair shop. Hope to get into planting when i have spare time. Nice patch grampa!