Strawberries!!!

Posted by F&S

It’s becoming berry season at the farm and that usually means a bountiful harvest.  We Frenchies noticed that the strawberries, the first berries to ripen, were ready to be picked.  Strawberries are so pretty and sweet smelling and really, who can resist?

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Oh boy, berry season is here!  Let's check the strawberry plants that we transplanted last year and see how they're doing!

1 Oh boy, berry season is here! Let's check the strawberry plants that we transplanted last year and see how they're doing!

Last season, the strawberry beds outside the greenhouse were so overgrown and we helped Ryan and Wilmer thin and transplant to make them more productive.

2 Last season, the strawberry beds outside the greenhouse were so overgrown and we helped Ryan and Wilmer thin and transplant to make them more productive.

Oh!  I see big strawberries turning red!  Our transplants are thriving!

3 Oh! I see big strawberries turning red! Our transplants are thriving!

Sharkey, the strawberries in this bed look different from the others.  Are these the wild strawberries?

4 Sharkey, the strawberries in this bed look different from the others. Are these the wild strawberries?

Yes, Franny.  Those are the Fraise des Bois, a type of wild strawberry.  You can see that the fruit is much smaller and more oblong than the common strawberry.

5 Yes, Franny. Those are the Fraise des Bois, a type of wild strawberry. You can see that the fruit is much smaller and more oblong than the common strawberry.

While most of us enjoy the fruit of the strawberry plant, animals like deer and elk love their large leaves.  Wild strawberries keep these animals sustained in nature!

6 While most of us enjoy the fruit of the strawberry plant, animals like deer and elk love their large leaves. Wild strawberries keep these animals sustained in nature!

Francesca, let's pick the ripe strawberries and take them to the kitchen!

7 Francesca, let's pick the ripe strawberries and take them to the kitchen!

Sounds like a plan, Sharkey!  Remember to snip the stems and not pull on the berry itself!  And only pick the reddest ones.  Not all strawberries ripen at the same time, and we can always come back for more.

8 Sounds like a plan, Sharkey! Remember to snip the stems and not pull on the berry itself! And only pick the reddest ones. Not all strawberries ripen at the same time, and we can always come back for more.

Wow, Sharkey!  Look at our haul!  This is a lot of strawberries!

9 Wow, Sharkey! Look at our haul! This is a lot of strawberries!

Sharkey, they are so beautiful, but every once and a while I find a weird looking one!  How does that happen?

10 Sharkey, they are so beautiful, but every once and a while I find a weird looking one! How does that happen?

There are many things that can cause a strawberry to come out lumpy or odd-looking.  Nutrient deficiencies in the soil, garden pests, and harsh chemicals can all do it.  And if the flower of the plant gets disturbed or damaged in any way, the fruit will be funny looking.

11 There are many things that can cause a strawberry to come out lumpy or odd-looking. Nutrient deficiencies in the soil, garden pests, and harsh chemicals can all do it. And if the flower of the plant gets disturbed or damaged in any way, the fruit will be funny looking.

I can't wait for Martha to see our strawberry harvest, Francesca!  Think of all of the delicious things she can make!

12 I can't wait for Martha to see our strawberry harvest, Francesca! Think of all of the delicious things she can make!

Comments (15)

  • Hello ladies,
    Those strawberries look delicious. Sharkey, you must have been very careful when you picked them. I don't see any strawberry juice on your fur. I wonder what Martha will make with them. Whatever she makes, it will be real good.
    Soooooooo, how did everyone make out over the weekend? Anything interesting happen? Dudley, are you all partied out from your birthday?
    I can't wait to hear from everyone. I missed you guys.
    Don't forget this coming Friday is Tribute to Dad Day. I am looking forward to reading what Kirby says about his dad cause they are very close.
    Well, I am going back to bed but I will be back in the morning
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    I LOVE strawberries!!! Mom has been bringing home berries from the local farms and they are so good. They taste like little red bursts of sugar. Sophie enjoys them as well she steals them from the bowl on the counter she is so bad.

    I can't believe the weekend is over already. Mom golfed on Saturday but came home right after and hung with us by the pool. It was a really nice weekend we relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine.

    Yesterday was really hot mom kept cooling me off with sprays of cold water it felt great. I didn't want to go inside in case I missed something so she made sure I was cool. We had Nicole sleep over Saturday night and Abbie came and played on Sunday it was so fun. They got a new bean bag game and I kept stealing the bags and running away with them - SO much fun ;)

    I'm still scratching so mom has to call Dr. Keefe and get me medicine. I hope I don't have to go see him and she can just pick up the med's :(

    Maddox how come you get up so early?

    Zoe

  • Hey Zoe,
    I don't get up that early. I go to sleep and then Wu-Tang and Triumph, relatives of mine, start whining to go out which wakes the whole house up. So, then I decide to check out the tv. You know me, I am always looking for new tv shows. When I get done with my search, I figure I might as well check in at the DW to see what is going on there. Then I go back to bed. Then like clockwork, at 5:30am Wu-Tang and Triumph start in again. They are young and cute but they are a pain in my butt sometimes. hehehehehehe
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    Strawberry Fields Forever.....I can hear the Beatles singing and see you girls picking strawberries. What fun!!! I can bet Mama Martha will make lots of good stuff for you all. I am soooo glad you are feeling well enough to be on the grounds again and without those yucky cones and bandages. G.K. must be staying cool inside.

    We have a 20,000 acre fire here in Colorado that is 0% contained and now the National Guard is coming in. I hate fires because not just trees and property are gone, but so much wildlife. Some people couldn't
    get back to get their animals. Please say prayers for all the humans and animals.

    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Yummy, Yummy strawberries for my Tummy!!! I looove them :-) it brings back memories of picking wild strawberries in the forest in Germany, good memories and such flavor for a small berry...I also love the #12 photo of you Frenchie girls.

    Maddox, sounds like Wu-Tang and Triumph have their humans trained! Zoe I wonder what the itching is all about? Lynn my dear, I thought of you this morning watching the news about the fire, I pray it stays away from your area and that a good rain fall comes and puts out this terrible disaster...I feel so bad for all the animals...I can't even think about it. I use to live in Colorado Springs when my hubby came back from Vietnam.

    Oh wow it started raining here, we have not had any in weeks...maybe God will also spread it to the other places that need it. I wrote to the Government with an idea I had many years ago, that would bring jobs and alleviate areas in the US from too much rain water to not any...but they said it would be too costly, so they built the pipeline to Alaska that's a dud, no money spent their?!?! :-(

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • oooh, strawberries! yummy! You gals did a great job and look so cute in the last picture!
    We had surprise company yesterday. Ended up with 10 relatives plus me!
    It was so much fun. I saw folks that I hadn't seen for a while!
    Zoe, we've got a bean bag tossing game, too! They are fun to grab 'n run with. Then the kids chase me. It's great!
    Lynn, Mimi was thinking about you & the fire. That's so scary.
    Dudley, how's the birthday boy today? I'll check back later.
    I have all the ducklings in a row. My work goes on. LOL
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a weekend here in GA. We have had over three inches of rain yesterday; many places had up to six inches. The worst part is; more rain today. Now there is a saying that if it rains on Sunday it will rain one more day that week. If it rains on both Sunday and Monday, it will rain two more days that week. Check that out; happens over 90 percent of the time. Strawberries look good but I don’t like them. Daddy said when he was growing up he picked strawberries each spring. He got five cents per quart. Made enough the first year to buy himself a used bicycle. It’s raining again; not a good start for the week. Think I’ll take a nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Birthday Boy Dudley, Maddox, Lynn, Delia, and all my glue squad friends,
    Wow those strawberries look delicious! It was fun seeing the huge harvest you girls carefully picked. I never knew about snipping the stems. How did Sharkey stay so blonde while picking the fruit? Why don't the girls wear collars?
    Yes, back wondering again like my friend and hero Maddox. I am stationed right on the floor by the front door to make sure mom does not go on another road trip without me.
    Yes, Maddox, I was good but did not eat very much. Waited until mom came home and then hit the food bowl. She laughed because I smiled for hours and ran all around.
    Lynn, hope you had a great weekend!! We missed you! Zoe hope your itching gets better. Cora belle, hope you are recovered from your fall off the ramp. Missy chow hope you like the new training classes. Chloe hope you enjoyed soaking in your pool. Rebel, did you see the ducks? Mom talked about how much she enjoys the daily wag with some of her college friends. They are a rowdy but athletic group.
    Hugs and barks to all, glad to be back- Abby

  • Hi F,S<&GK+Glue Squad, It's so much fun to see you beautiful girls wondering around the farm again like you used to and seeing those yummy wild strawberries makes my mouth water! I love all of these photos and especially #12! How is your weather? We got up to about 70 yesterday and it looks sunny again today! Would like to send any rain we get again to Colorado so that our wonderful friend Lynn will be safe and I'm sending my prayers to protect all animals in those horrible fires! Maddox, you are amazing and thoughtful! Say hi to Wu-Tang and Triumph! Kirby, I know how you feel about that rain-it can be very uncomfortable! Abby, hope you have a great day and yes I had a great birthday! Rebel, sounds like you had a great weekend and I did, too! Zoe, sure hope that itching stops and you don't have to go to the vet! Delia, you are a wonderful person and I love your art sites-beautiful! Chloe, yes I did get lots of delicious treats-hope you did, too! Sonya, I did have a wonderful day and Mom was careful about me not eating all of those treats! Cora-Belle, thanks for your barks and naughtyness, that was fun to hear and hope you are doing better today! Lynn, so happy Basil was watching me again! We did have 8 rain showers and wind on my birthday and was outside between each one! Hope all of you great buddies have another great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hey Abby, Tracie, Delia and Kitty and all other cat advisors,
    I am babysitting a neighbor cat. I feed her twice a day, and she is eating, but I haven't seen her since last Wednesday night. She got mad and hissed at me and I have not seen her since. I know she is there, because she is eating and drinking, but I feel bad that she is so mad not to come out to me. Anything to do to get her to come out of hiding---I can't find her. Cats, I guess do this kind of thing though. I have never had a cat, is this normal? Oh well, I guess as long as she is eating.
    Thanks,
    Lynn

  • I'll put my order in for strawberry short cake please! :)

    Those s-berries look delish! I too find some funky looking berries, but they still taste delish!

    Never judge a berry by it's shape. In fact, I think that's appropriate across the board! Even for me! Chubs rule!:)

    Have a wonderful Monday...

    gail

  • I love strawberries too F & S! How great it must be to have such delicious berries already on the farm and all you have to do is go out and pick them. My absolute favorite berries are Blackberries. We would pick buckets full each Summer growing up. .

    Looks like everyone had a fun weekend. Lynn,I'm sending you prayers and good thoughts that the fire stays away from you and is contained quickly with minimum loss of life. Hope that everyone has a lovely day. :smile:

  • ..strawberries..yummy..Lucinda picked them every summer when she was a girl.. 25 cents a carrier..8 little containers to a carrier..she says that was work..then she picked black-caps..now that really dates the old girl...She also was at Ft. Carson, Colorado, with her ex.,..yes, Lynn, kitties are naughty sneaky little guys..but i love them...we are going to make more warrior Prince cookies today..hope the chiweenies stay home..they are cookie hogs..think I'll help Jim cut firewood today..that will keep us out of trouble..oh, found 3 dead shrews in the yard..those feral kitties are lethal...and yes, I hate to think of the critters that lose their lives in wildfires..must get outdoors...later, Cora-Belle

  • This is for Lynn,
    Don't worry about the kitty. As long as she is eating, drinking, and using the litterpan, she is fine. I babysat my niece cats, and they acted the same way. Also, when I babysit my grandcat she hisses at me too, although she is loving when her mom and dad are around. Don't try to make the kitty come out of hiding. Cats do things on their own terms. If you push things you may get bitten or scratched for your trouble. Cats like routine, and they hate when their mommies and Daddies leave them. Try not to take the snub personally.
    Delia, the picture of Basil is wonderful. You really captured his personality.

  • Looking good Sharkey. I love all the photos of you, Franny & GK. Keep them coming and your fun adventures too.

    Happy summer days,
    Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow

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