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YUP! See all of those strawberries in that graphic above? They are some of the many that have been coming out of my strawberry patch! I am so happy with my strawberries this year. Here is why.
Last year I put a few strawberry plants in my garden box. They began to produce a few strawberries, and just when they were ripe enough to pick, Maddy's puppy, Boots, ate them! At first I thought the birds had gotten them, so I covered them with netting to protect them. But, when I found the netting strewn all over my yard, I realized it was the dog. It was pretty funny actually, because he had nipped them off the stems very carefully exactly when they were ripe and very carefully! (He is a very smart dog who loves strawberries.) Needless to say, I didn't end up harvesting many strawberries last year. I decided that I needed a bigger strawberry patch. That way between the birds, the dogs and the bugs, I might still end up with some strawberries for the family to enjoy.
Since strawberries reproduce very well on their own, I decided to try an experiment in my garden of wintering my existing plants over and allowing them to shoot out baby plants. I trimmed them back, taking off all of the dead or damaged foliage. I babied the babies. In the winter when we had some freezing weather, I covered them with sheets to keep the frost off of them. I fertilized them. I was determined to have a successful patch, something that has never before happened for me. Hallelujah! My efforts paid off and my patch of strawberries has more than doubled! Then, in the early Spring, the strawberry blossoms began to appear!
These aren't just little bitty strawberries either! There have been some really big ones! Here are a couple of my first ones:
Since this is Strawberry Month, and because I am using my strawberries almost daily, I thought I would share some delicious strawberry recipe ideas with you today. Here is a roundup!
Do you have a favorite suggestion that you can share? Please drop it in the comments!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!