June 11th, 2012
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?
1 Oh boy, berry season is here! Let's check the strawberry plants that we transplanted last year and see how they're doing!
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.
3 Oh! I see big strawberries turning red! Our transplants are thriving!
4 Sharkey, the strawberries in this bed look different from the others. Are these the wild strawberries?
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.
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!
7 Francesca, let's pick the ripe strawberries and take them to the kitchen!
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.
9 Wow, Sharkey! Look at our haul! This is a lot of strawberries!
10 Sharkey, they are so beautiful, but every once and a while I find a weird looking one! How does that happen?
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.
12 I can't wait for Martha to see our strawberry harvest, Francesca! Think of all of the delicious things she can make!
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