Backdoor strawberries

I went for a lovely walk with a friend in Meanwood Park yesterday. Whilst rhododendrons are no longer encouraged, I can see why they were once all the rage.

Suffice to say, I wouldn’t think it wise to plant any myself, considering the miniature jungle which has emerged in the garlic bed by the back door.

The upside to this growth is that the strawberry plants along the wall have been shielded from the blackbirds and, to my surprise, a few of them were ready to eat when I went out in the evening to start clearing away the unwanted vegetation round the garlic.

They weren’t the tastiest strawberries, it has to be said, and I’m wondering if this is because of the virtual sand the plants have been growing in. No matter, they were enjoyed for supper.

So, now we wait for the main crop in the middle of the garden to ripen and in the meantime eat up the ones I dried last summer. We’ve discovered that these taste best when rehydrated.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Backdoor strawberries

  1. Homegrown strawberries can be tricky. A lot of rain can lave them flavourless and some modern varieties can be the same. You probably right about the sand too. Clearly the answer is lots of manure and a further taste test next year. šŸ™‚

  2. My early strawberries grown around the apricot tree in the greenhouse have been disappointing too.

  3. Yum! I love these happy accidents in the garden.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    It’s funny recently I was considering putting a rhododendron in the garden as I love them since I was a toddler, it is the first flower I really looked at and loved (beside dandelions).

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