Strawberries!

Strawberries!

Strawberries! Last year they didn't do so good- we put up the rabbit fence late and they only produced a handful. I was beginning to think they were more trouble and space than they were worth. They proved me wrong this year! Holy Strawberries, Batman This is from a few days ago- today I brought in even more. There is nothing like a fresh strawberry still warm from the garden. I think I need to find a good pie recipe or something, because I have too many and they don't seem to last long after being picked. Strawberry experts: Will I need to thin these out after they're done producing? I left the runners alone last year but they're pretty thick now. And, what sort of fertilizer is safe for a food crop like this that grows close to the ground? The soil is nice, rich stuff we put in 3 years ago but I haven't really done anything else to it. I know strawberries like straw and manure; there are bags of 'composted manure' at the hardware store, would that be ok? I put a 'halloween' straw bale on them last year and learned my lesson when it germinated, but I thought someone here said you could buy it and lay it out (not on your crop) and let it germinate, and then spread it in the fall or something? I wish I hadn't gotten off to a late start planting. My snap peas are only about a week behind but it's been really hot this spring (or my mental clock is behind?) It's in the 80s during the day already and they're just starting to blossom... I hope they're still sweet.
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Monday July 21st, first fruits for Valley of Heart’s Delight

Monday July 21st, first fruits for Valley of Heart’s Delight

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Plants for a shady area of my yard

Plants for a shady area of my yard

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