At least when you have kids, it does! Okay, with my kids, it does. And grandma. Don’t forget her. Exciting outings are usually her idea, anyway.
Sweetens school lunches. “Peanut butter and jelly, Mom and make it fresh strawberry!”
And afternoon snack time. “Can we make strawberry smoothies? Pleeeeeease.”
Of course we can! If that’s how I get fresh strawberries in your belly then that’s how we do it. Beats the ice cream alternative.
We in the gardenfrisk household grow our own strawberries, though for some reason, they never turn out quite as large and luscious as the ones at the farm. Pesticides? Maybe. Commercial strength fertilizer? Could be. But since I don’t know for sure, let’s just say the kids and I have some work to do this season to compete with Farmer Jones down the road.
Pine needle mulch is the first key. As for food, I hope they like fish emulsion. Stinky, but it seems effective. So long as we don’t drench them in the stuff while the fruit is blossoming we should be good to go, right? For a complete review on the subject of growing strawberries, the Florida Strawberry Growers Association provides a fantastic educational download for kids and adults alike.
These gems were saved from last year. Half of the plants went into our school garden while the other half went to our home garden. No fruit yet, but we’re patient. Do we have a choice?
Besides, to get our strawberry fill, we simply run to the strawberry fields and pick to our heart’s content!
If you’d like to find a farm near you (this is an international source, mind you), check this link. In addition to strawberries, you’ll be able to locate blueberry farms, pumpkin patches–all kinds of stuff! And speaking of blueberries, just look at these buds.
Aren’t they amazing? While they don’t seem like much now — a tad scraggly, actually — soon the leaves will start sprouting…the blossoms will start blooming…the bees will come buzzing…the birds will come biting–
Hmph. There’s a great way to ruin a blueberry growin’ girl’s day. The birds.
I plan to keep them out this year and WITHOUT the horrible netting business. What a fiasco of unintended consequences! Netting works well to keep the birds out, but it also keeps the bees out. Not good. I’m sure you remember the story about the birds and the bees…
But let’s not linger in last year’s loss, no-no! 2011 is a brand new year with brand new buds and whole host of optimism. Remember: what you lack in skill you will make up for with enthusiasm. Important tip for novices like me.