If you agree with the saying, “A watched pot never boils”, you should try staring at strawberries. So many green ones that I am bursting with anticipation. I can not wait till they start turning red. Hopefully I can get to them before the other bugs do.
Spring of last year revealed that several of my strawberry plants had died. I filled in the open spaces with radishes in hope of helping keep out weeds. The strawberry plants came back fine this year, along with some self-sown radishes from plants I had left in the garden over winter. Any runners produced this year will be used to fill in a section, thereby creating a section for Year 1 plants, a section for Year 2 plants, a section for Year 3 plants, and a section for Year 4 plants. Any of the existing plants in the Year 2,3, and 4 spaces will be left. After Year 4, the plants in Year 1 will be removed and the process begun all over again. This will help keep the strawberry patch stocked with young plants, as older ones do not produce as many berries.
The thought of picking a bowl full of berries to eat with pancakes sounds so delicious right now. So much so, I am pretty sure there will be none left from my patch to make jam.