When I was a kid, I used to love Strawberry Shortcake, the toy not the dessert! I must admit, even now as an adult, I still think she's awfully cute. I used to have a doll of her and the strawberry she lived in. I can't help but think that she would love our strawberry patch. We planted 20 strawberry plants in the garden this year. When we bought them, they were nothing but roots. We planted them in April, and to my surprise, they really took off! We lost a few to heat here and there, but they send out runners and start new plants on their own so I wasn't worried about the ones that perished. We planted 2 types, everbearing and sequoia.
The other day I noticed the patch got really weedy! So I spent the afternoon pulling all the weeds. Here's a before shot.
And here it is after all the weeds have been pulled. Doesn't it look much better? Since it's the first year for these plants, there are no fruit. I cannot wait until next year! I hope we get enough berries to do a jam! What kind of strawberries are you growing in your garden? What variety do you recommend we try next?