Strawberries, do you grow your own or purchase them at the store?
Just this morning I was out in the garden watering the Strawberries before the sun came on to them. I have always grown strawberries in my garden and loved being able to go out daily and pick them fresh.
As we all know,(or should know) fresh is best and it is always best to eat fruit and vegetable in season if you can.
The beauty of growing your own is that you know exactly what has gone into the ground for them to grow in, and that they have not been sprayed with any harmful chemicals.
The person at Palmers says that Strawberries can still be planted now for a summer harvest and work well planted in hanging baskets, and to make sure you have enough for everyone to enjoy, they recommend at least five plants per person in the household.
In my previous home, I used to have my Strawberries in a big tub, this way they would hang over the side and not get all messed up on the ground. If you are planting on the ground, it is advisable to lay straw under your plants to make it easier for picking and keeping your fruit clean. (My young grandson informed me that is why they are called Strawberries, he says they are berries and you put straw under them) We always got a good harvest from them, enough to keep us supplied in fresh Strawberries on a daily basis, our biggest challenge was getting them before the birds or the grandchildren.
My daughter-in-law has just recently put her plants into a length of guttering pipe which has been attached to the fence at the back of her vegetable patch, this way her plants will hang down as they grow, I think she picked up the idea from a post on Pinterest.
You are now thinking after reading this blog to here, that I have not mentioned the eight reasons for eating Strawberries yet, well when I opened my e-mails this morning the first email I saw was from GreenMedInfo with the title 8 Juicy Reasons to Eat More Strawberries now after reading this I was prompted to write this blog but as I have no intention of re-inventing the wheel I will leave you to read the eight reasons from the above link.
I will be honest though and tell you that although I have always loved Strawberries and knew that they were good for me, I did not know just how good.
Enjoy the read and enjoy your Strawberries when it is the season to eat them.