The worms are going to eat well tonight!The worms are going to eat well tonight!
3.6 lb of strawberries ready to become jam3.6 lb of strawberries ready to become jam
Strawberry invasionStrawberry invasion
Strawberries prepped for freezingStrawberries prepped for freezing
  • The worms are going to eat well tonight!
  • 3.6 lb of strawberries ready to become jam
  • Strawberry invasion
  • Strawberries prepped for freezing

We are definitely in the middle of major strawberry production time. Substantial yields started last week, and this week we’ve been picking 2+ pounds every other day.

We don’t seem to be eating as many straight out of the garden as we did last year, but that’s no problem because it leaves more for freezing and jam.

The torrential rains over the last week have done a number on the strawberries, causing them to split, go bad more quickly and develop fruit rot. So far the fruit rot has been much much less than last year, so I’m hoping the path I carved out of the middle of the bed is helping by providing more air circulation and light.

What’s your favourite way to eat strawberries?

4 Responses to “Strawberry fields forever”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    27 May 2011 at 11:21 am #

    They look scrumptious! I’m curious, approximately how many plants do you have? How long will the harvesting last, and finally, what variety do you have? Thanks! -Carrie

  2. What Pigs Don't Know
    27 May 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Haha! I think my worms are going to hitch a ride to Missouri to partake of your leftovers!

  3. CoMo Homestead
    27 May 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    1) I really have no idea how many plants we have. I think I planted something like 38 originally (WAY too many for the space we had available at the time), but they spread and take over like crazy. We have about a 10×4′ plot in our raised bed filled with them.

    2) I think the harvest usually lasts for 3-4 weeks. My guess is we’re almost to peak production, and then they’ll level off after that.

    3) I got a strawberry plant collection from Johnny’s in 2009 ( I think the varieties are still the same now. They different varieties are supposed to allow production through fall, but either my fall-bearing ones got wiped out by the stronger early-bearing ones, or that’s just not correct. Who knows!

    Once these stop producing in a couple years, I’m going to put together a vertical gardening system to grow them in, something along the lines of GrowPots. That will still allow me to grow them in large quantities, but will keep my raised bed from being tied up the entire year for a few weeks of harvest.

    They are really easy to grow, though, so I’d highly recommend it! Besides the rot from the excessive amount of rain we’ve had in the last few years, I’ve had zero problems with them and haven’t had to use any sort of products or sprays on them.

  4. What Pigs Don't Know
    28 May 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Lots of good information – thank you!