I can’t! We are now into summer, and our strawberries are starting to wane.They are one of the first plants in spring to leaf out and fill their bed. I can hardly wait when I see the strawberry plants spreading across the ground. Here, is my first strawberry patch that was inspired by others in my community growing strawberries. I would listen to their stories about their strawberry eating and drool with envy. Not anymore for I have my little patch running through my Urban Potager.
I have to admit by late spring or early summer; I am overwhelmed with strawberries. I don’t mind for I usually freeze them for winter eating. Nothing beats fresh strawberries from the freezer that were picked fresh and put away the same day!
I use to purchase frozen “organic” USDA certified strawberries from our local grocery store and they were pricey. You hardly got any in a bag which cost about 5.00 and lasted for two servings.I then would try to purchase some fresh ones when they were in season, but they were expensive. I looked at my lawn one day and thought, I have some sun in this area, and I do not need all this grass. The rest is history. I have strawberries now in my garden, and they are amazing picked fresh from the garden.
This year will be the Year of the Strawberries for I have put in two new patches and decided strawberry plants make great ground cover. It is a simple plant that provides an abundance of nutrients. A variety of studies “show 2 days as the maximal time for strawberry storage without major loss of vitamin C and polyphenol antioxidants. It’s not that strawberries become dangerous to eat or invaluable after 2 days. It’s just that more storage time brings along with it substantially more nutrient loss” which means when we grow our own we are getting the most nutrient dense strawberry possible to help heal our bodies. (read more about strawberries and how they help you stay healthy).I will be spreading some fresh compost in the strawberry bed and usually they will start blooming when the weather cools off a bit in the fall.I decided to squeeze another bed of strawberries in as a ground cover. I have found they are easy to grow for they don’t require much attention. The perfect plant for city lot food growing.
So, If you have a patch of grass that could be taken out and replaced with some strawberries. I HIGHLY recommend putting in about 50 plants. Trust me once you make room for that first patch and taste fresh picked strawberries you will be searching for other places to add more. They are addictive. Maybe we should start making strawberry plants the new GREEN lawn!