You just can’t help but love freshly picked strawberries and what makes them even better is when you grow them yourself.
We originally purchased 25 strawberry plants from Burpee last year, a few of them did not make it. When you plant strawberries, they will not produce any berries in the first year, and we were aware of this. We carefully covered them up with straw to protect them over the winter and hoped for the best. Since we have never grown strawberries before, we were hoping that they would survive our cold winter.
When we felt it was time to uncover them, we carefully removed the straw over them, added a little more good garden soil around them, and started to water them. They started to perk up nicely. Until one morning, we went outside and found the most horrible thing had happened. The deer came in and chewed all of our plants down to a nub. We were horrified. We were outraged. We had thought that we would never see a strawberry this year at all, after looking at what the deer had done. At this time when we had uncovered the strawberries, we had not put up the fence yet around our garden, and we probably should have.
But, to our amazement, our strawberry plants came back with a vengeance and have now probably doubled, as we have strawberry runners all over our strawberry patch! We definitely have the funny feeling that the whole bed we have them in will be taken over by the strawberries by next year. (which is not a bad problem to have)
We have been picking fresh strawberries daily and are enjoying our tasty harvest! But, we are still amazed that we even have any strawberries this gardening season after what the deer did to them.