Posted on 27 May 2012.
Dandelions in strawberries
Last Monday when I was weeding the strawberries I noticed the east wind was whipping into the berry patch. Every dandelion I threw east wanted to come back at me. I pushed my project of weeding to the max. I knew an east wind can bring inclement weather.
The soil was very dry. My plan was to rid the strawberry patch of weeds and get the water pump and hoses set up to take water from the dugout and relieve their stressed roots.
Strawberries begin to bloom
Between me yanking and tossing weeds and Hubby watering we managed to get the job done as the first few sprinkles started from the heavens. The blooms are starting to appear. That makes this clean-up a timely event especially since I crawl all over them to save my back from all the leaning that would otherwise take place.
One row of white and two rows of red
It looks like a huge patch, but just ask yourself how many strawberries you would like to eat fresh off your own land, and it could add up fast.
Did you know that you can grow white strawberries? You might wonder why anyone would. I do, and this is my reason: The red ones are colorful, tasty, big. The white ones are not colorful (but unique), different tasting (not as good), but wow – they grow a large volume and spread faster than bad news. Plus, I got them free and that made it worth the trial. I still prefer the sweet and condensed flavour of the wild ones, but I just can’t find enough
There are many ways to grow things like strawberries in a small space too: hanging baskets, shelves, among your flowers…maybe even from your drainspouts – hey, there’s a challenge for you!
Never say never.
The ‘inclement’ weather came, but I was so busy and excited about chicks that I just kicked my heels at the dowdy weather. We got a three day’er. I need to explain that another time.