Last year though, we planted our first ever strawberries in our raised beds.
I wish I'd known how easy they were to grow. I'd have done this years ago!
These are Seascape.
I bought these as they sounded like they were one of the more heat tolerant berry's out there. I followed the recommended instructions for the first year of growth, pinching back all the blooms for the first few months.
They are as advertised.
Seascape strawberry plants yield large, juicy, well-shaped berries with superb flavor, and they bear fruit over a long season. It’s one of the most productive and disease-resistant everbearing varieties yet! Shallow roots make them ideal for growing in containers as well as in the garden.I personally don't think that they're the sweetest berries on the planet but a little sugar (or Splenda) goes a long way. SM's been adding them to his protein shakes every morning. (He got me to taste one of his shakes the other day. Oh, Yuck. A perfect waste of good strawberries if you ask me...@;)
We've been picking every other day now for over a week, harvesting about a quart or two as we went along. Perfect for fresh eating.
The berries seemed to be loving the hot weather we had last week because suddenly everything kicked into high gear and I was hard pressed to leave for work on time the past few mornings!
I've taken to picking daily now and freezing the last few batches as there's only so many berries a person can eat in a day!
Today was the most I've picked so far in one day. About a gallon and a half.
I tell you, the sun can't come up soon enough in the morning right now. If things don't slow down, I'll be getting up at 4am just to fit all my morning chores in.
It's a nice problem to have for sure. Hopefully, this is just a big push and things will settle down to a more manageable rate.
Anybody got a favorite jam recipe I can take advantage of?