Hood Strawberries

My first Strawberry harvest of the season! They are a variety called Hood, local here in Oregon. Some people refuse to eat Strawberries until the first Hoods come into season and now I understand why. Wow! they taste amazing. It’s nothing to do with my growing technique just a good variety at home in the […]

Do Strawberries Need Straw?

Good question! I’ve been growing Strawberries for six years now. Initially, at my allotment and then in my garden. I’ve only ever used straw twice, the first year I grew them, and this year. It took me a long time to make the connection between straw and Strawberries – no really! I’m a little slow […]

Strawberries Ready to Ripen

My Strawberries are almost ready to ripen. They’re quite big but still green. It was mid June by the time we were eating Strawberries last year and what with the set back earlier in the year it could be later than that this year. I just hope they ripen before we go on holiday! Arghhh! […]

Paxton’s Strawberry Crinoline

While snuggled up in front of the fire watching my favourite DVD at the moment, The Victorian Kitchen, I came across something that caught my eye. They mentioned that Joseph Paxton, one time head gardener at Chatsworth, designer and engineer of the Crystal Palace at the The Great Exhibition 1851 and all-round great guy, had […]

Plotting a New Strawberry Bed

My existing Strawberry bed is three years old. While it still has some life left in it, I’m plotting a new Strawberry bed already. I’ll probably leave the plants I already have in the ground for one more year, while at the same time starting a new one in a different part of the garden. […]

Strawberry Time

After the disappointment of the last few days I thought I would cheer myself up with a sweet little summer treat – yep, hold the front page, the Strawberries are ready! There’s nothing quite like that first taste of juicy, sweet, slightly warm but oh so ripe Strawberry. And there’s only one way to enjoy […]

Yummy Red Strawbs

Our neighbour gave us some Strawberry plants a couple of weeks ago and I put them in the seed bed next to the (still empty) cold frame. I thought that would be a good place for them since it has wooden sides and so presents a small mountainous obstacle to any snail type creatures. We’ll […]