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Strawberries from the Garden

A few years ago my dad and I planted a few strawberry plants in his front yard. Most of them died. One of them seemed to do fairly well though. The next year we planted a few more. And most of them died. The first one is getting big though and is like a little mini bush that is very low to the ground. It and the other surviving plants are starting to send out runners all over the place.

Usually people choose to clip off the runners because the less runners there are the more energy the plants have to grow berries. But the goal for him is not really to have strawberries, but rather to have lots of strawberry plants to fill in all of that area as a sort of ground cover of sorts.

But today when I went out and looked at them there were lots of little strawberries all over...well actually, a lot of them were hidden within the leaves. I've learned that strawberries can actually hide pretty well, at least with the plants that are in my dad's yard.

This is the biggest harvest that has come so far from the few strawberry plants growing. But not bad I guess considering we haven't done much for them. Although this year I did sprinkle some Azomite rock dust around them. The picture here is pretty blurry. Oops. My hands shake too much usually and I didn't use a tripod like I usually do to avoid that blurriness.

I took all of the berries and cut up most of them in half (most are so small they didn't need more cutting than that, some were so small I didn't cut them at all) and stirred them into some plain, Greek yogurt and added just a little bit of sugar. I've gotten so I don't like how sweet most store bought yogurt is and like the tangy-ness of plain yogurt with just a little bit of sweetener such as sugar or honey added to it. Being able to add fresh fruit tastes better to me as well.

It's very satisfying to eat food from a garden that you harvested yourself.

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bestwriter wrote on September 3, 2014, 11:14 PM

Gardening is such a joy. My passion for this activity sends me in ecstasy whenever something happens similar to your experience. Fruits do hide themselves and sometimes they are rendered useless as full grown vegetables for example cannot be consumed.

SnipsAndClips wrote on September 3, 2014, 11:46 PM

I am new to gardening so there is lots of things to learn and cool discoveries.

And I know what you mean about fruits rendered useless...I realized that we somehow missed a zucchini in the garden and it is Massive Monster sized now. I decided it can be used for seeds though? :D

bestwriter wrote on September 3, 2014, 11:54 PM

This happened to my ridge gourd a long time ago but what can we do with so many seeds? :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 4, 2014, 12:01 AM

Those look so yummy. You're making me want strawberries.

LynnWrites wrote on September 4, 2014, 1:38 AM

That sounds so yummy, nothing like fresh strawberries! I used to have a lot of strawberries when we lived at the house, I sure miss them and store bought just doesn't taste the same.

SnipsAndClips wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:10 PM

Give them away to friends, family, and other gardeners. Share them or sell them via freecycle, craigslist, etc. emoticon :smile: I've also found out zucchinni seeds can be roasted like pumpkin seeds, and I'd guess most squash related plants can be too.
And I've heard of them being used for crafts.
I wonder if they can be ground up and used as a plant fertilizer...maybe grind them up (so they won't sprout) and throw them in the compost?

SnipsAndClips wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:11 PM

You should want strawberries. ;) Haha.
They are so good for you and tasty.

SnipsAndClips wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:14 PM

Yeah, I am hoping if I end up moving to an apartment where I can't use my parents yard for gardening that there will be just enough room that I can put a strawberry pot to plant strawberries in (and hopefully some other containers for growing other things too). Or maybe I can find a community garden where I can snag a plot for me to grow stuff.

bestwriter wrote on September 4, 2014, 8:14 PM

Nice ideas there. :)

paigea wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:08 PM

It is very satisfying to eat from the garden. I like the idea of strawberries for ground cover. I find a big lawn quite useless. It must be hard to keep the weeds out I'm guessing.