|When we chose the spot for the strawberry bed,|
Tim thought up some excellent cages
to protect them from rabbits and deer.
I used to have a nice strawberry bed. For two or three years I picked strawberries until they lost their allure. I froze strawberries and made jam and bread and honestly got a bit tired of strawberries. The crop doesn't always arrive when picking and storing is convenient. But then for two years it quit on me. The plants burned out. I didn't get a handful of berries. I got frustrated. I began to long for gallons of strawberries, more strawberries than I would know what to do with. An excess of strawberries. Enough strawberries to be ... well...inconvenient,
So I formed "The Plan". You know, the plan to grown the biggest, best, most of whatever you can't get enough of. And it worked. I bought new plants and I fed them super grow tonic (Blood Meal) and I battled the Chipmunks for the berries (how do those little fff-Suckers get into the berry cage?) and what I thought were slugs but turned out to be tiny little green centimeter worms (smaller than inch worms) that haven't been identified yet and which I do not yet know how to kill...
|My strawberries can't wait to get out of strawberry jail|
So strawberries are on the menu. Unlike most everyone else, I am not really into strawberry short cake. And strawberry jam, while delicious, is pretty easy to come by. But what I AM really into is fresh strawberries on salads. And strawberry vinaigrette. And Tim is into strawberry bread. Which really isn't bread. Let's face it folks, any one who has made both cake and actual bread knows that strawberry/banana/zucchini "bread" is cake. Really. Its cake disguised as bread. But I like cake. And it freezes well, so that is good for long term strawberry storage
|Source and Recipe|
|Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Source and Recipe|
So it worked. I grew strawberries. And now I am going to enjoy my strawberries. And hope the cantaloupes work out just as well.