It’s time to say goodbye to the Strawberries. The rain killed the harvest and all I could do was watch as they rotted or were eaten away by slugs. The sunny weather has meant that the last few ripened well but you can’t fix what is already broken and I spent some time clearing out the debris from underneath the plants. Looking strangely colourful in the sunlight it really was just a pulpy mess.
There’s something very sad about seeing what should be a bountiful and beautiful harvest ruined. And I feel for the fruit farmers too. Our local pick-your-own farm has been closed for the last month. Their website just says ‘crop failed’, which says it all.