Strawberries from the Garden
A few years ago my dad and I planted a few strawberry plants in his front yard. Most of them died. One of them seemed to do fairly well though. The next year we planted a few more. And most of them died. The first one is getting big though and is like a little mini bush that is very low to the ground. It and the other surviving plants are starting to send out runners all over the place.
Usually people choose to clip off the runners because the less runners there are the more energy the plants have to grow berries. But the goal for him is not really to have strawberries, but rather to have lots of strawberry plants to fill in all of that area as a sort of ground cover of sorts.
But today when I went out and looked at them there were lots of little strawberries all over...well actually, a lot of them were hidden within the leaves. I've learned that strawberries can actually hide pretty well, at least with the plants that are in my dad's yard.
This is the biggest harvest that has come so far from the few strawberry plants growing. But not bad I guess considering we haven't done much for them. Although this year I did sprinkle some Azomite rock dust around them. The picture here is pretty blurry. Oops. My hands shake too much usually and I didn't use a tripod like I usually do to avoid that blurriness.
I took all of the berries and cut up most of them in half (most are so small they didn't need more cutting than that, some were so small I didn't cut them at all) and stirred them into some plain, Greek yogurt and added just a little bit of sugar. I've gotten so I don't like how sweet most store bought yogurt is and like the tangy-ness of plain yogurt with just a little bit of sweetener such as sugar or honey added to it. Being able to add fresh fruit tastes better to me as well.
It's very satisfying to eat food from a garden that you harvested yourself.
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