The strawberries are coming, the strawberries are coming, the strawberries are coming! We harvested our first strawberries this week and it is really exciting. We have watched them bloom and grow for the past few weeks and picking those first new berries was wonderful.
I planted these last year and diligently did not let them fruit or run. Do you know how hard that was???? But we are being rewarded with many, many berries on each plant. I did a bit of an experiment when I planted these. I planted half the bed with inexpensive non-named plants from Lowe's and the other half with Seascape plants I ordered from the Burpee catalog. I wanted to see if there really was a difference. Boy is there! The non-named plants from Lowes have a lot of berries, but they are TINY and not very sweet. The Seascape plants are full of medium to large size berries that have a delicious flavor. I am contemplating pulling up the no name plants at the end of the summer and replanting with more Seascape next year. We will see how things end up at the end of the growing season.