The first thing I do every morning these days, besides starting the coffee, is head out to the garden with a bowl to pick strawberries. They are ripening every day and producing like crazy. If you leave them too long, the doodle bugs will eat them, and the birds will be attracted to their vibrant red color, and peck at them. Here is my harvest from this morning, which has been typical for the last several weeks:
I don’t know what strawberries cost in the grocery store, since I haven’t been this year, but I’m fairly certain that saving money by growing my own. My strawberry patch is in a 4×4 area of the my raised garden, and I planted half a flat of Sequoia’s and half a flat of Chandlers in December. If memory serves, I spent around $20 on strawberry plants. And, I know exactly what was in the soil that grew them, and that they were treated with nothing.