It’s June, and that means strawberries. Big, bright strawberries. Handfuls of them day by day. I even remembered to put out beer traps for the slugs. Oddly enough I haven’t caught any yet. Nor have I found the characteristic circular bites taken of sweet, sweet berries. I wonder if the recent heat dried them up?
Read More Strawberries: 3, Slugs: 0
…I picked an Alpine strawberry yesterday. As it was a bit dry and tough, I probably should have waited until after last night’s rainfall, but it was still a strawberry!
Read More Meanwhile in other fruits…
I picked about a cup of these beauties today. Like everything else, they’re early. Usually I have to wait until June for ripe strawberries, although I suppose Memorial Day weekend is about as close to June you can get and still be May. Only berry had a small bite taken out, so I think the […]
Read More Strawberries are ripe!
May’s warmth arrived in April. The April rains have soaked the first week of May. It’s all so confusing, but the plants like it. The plums are ripening about three weeks earlier than they were least year. The first strawberries have set fruit about two weeks earlier. And a brand new pink columbine popped up […]
Read More April flowers soaked by May showers equal early fruits
The various bright reds in the garden are catching my eye. Tomatoes are red. Strawberries are red. Raspberries are red. Even crabapples and rose hips are red. They are the reds of little round traffic lights, Reds that mean Stop and pick me, Reds than mean Go ahead and eat me.
Read More Sometimes red means go ahead and eat
The cool weather coming back has brought the comeback of the Alpine strawberries. Once again, they’re good for a small handful of intensely ripe little dots of sweetness. It’s nice, but I feel like the weather is getting cooler quicker than usual this year. I’m not used to hearing frost warnings in September. Maybe we […]
Read More Return of the cool
Sounds like a cheesy vampire novel, but all I see are deep colored berries entering the mix: black raspberries, blueberries, and darkest of all, mulberries. Oh yeah, the strawberries are still ripening, too. Whenever I pick black raspberries, I always remember a story I read as a child, “Green Black Raspberries are Red.” This is […]
Read More A darker harvest
Today’s harvest was brought to you by the bees. Honeybees and small carpenter bees in the raspberries. Bumblebees, too, but they’re too fast for me to get a good picture. I caught a Lasioglossum bee in the flowerhead of one of the scallions I planted last fall. And the coriander flower is showing off one […]
Read More A raspberry and a blueberry from the bees
There’s two races when picking strawberries. One is to get them before they go mushy. The other is to get them before the slugs do.
Read More Strawberry season