Strawberries!

I went out to the garden this morning and scrounged around in the wet, soggy strawberry patch until I found a handful of mostly okay strawberries. Between the roly polys enjoying the wet weather and munching on some of the berries and a number of berries that are bright red on one side but not on the other side, it was actually kind of challenging to find these 8 berries.

They certainly aren’t spectacular, and the flavor is nice, but nothing to write home about. I’m getting very close to writing a discussion of whether or not I would recommend this variety (‘Eversweet’) for planting. I’m tempted to just give you my complete analysis now, but in fairness to the variety, I want to give it another couple weeks of spring production.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 17, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I picked about that many, but mine looked nicer and didn’t survive to be photographed. No roly polies (the ground is still covered with the cedar shavings I mulched them in this winter), but I think the sparrows sampled a couple, so I’ll put chicken wire over the box this evening.

    Mine are Ozark Beauties, planted last summer. I probably should have pinched off the blossoms and let them fill in the box more, especially with the commercial berry crop this year, but I couldn’t wait.

    • Believe me, it was a challenge to preserve these to the photographing point! I’m interested to hear how you like your Ozark Beauties, because I don’t think we have any research on them, but the plants are being sold everywhere.

      • They’re pretty good, and when I poked around the plant box last night I realized there are runners every which where. Since they’re in only a 4×4 raised bed, I don’t think it’ll take them long to fill it, even letting them produce fruit. They’re sharing a box with the spring snap peas, but I’m betting by fall the peas will need a new home.

        The berries so far aren’t terribly large, despite the “unusually large” declaration a lot of sellers have, though that may change as it gets into June. It’ll be interesting to see how prolific they stay after the June burst, too.

      • That’s always the catch with everbearing strawberries – how big are the fruit really and how prolific are they over the course of the year.

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