Tuesday, September 27

September Strawberries

Yesterday was our first visit to the plot after our week away in Wales. Our main intentions were to do some tidying up and harvesting of anything that was ready and waiting.

You may remember that we created a new strawberry bed this year using four different varieties to try and extend our strawberry picking season.

Well this has sort of worked - we have been picking strawberries from our Marshmello plants for quite a while now - no real glut just a steady supply. We even had some lovely ripe fruits ready for picking yesterday.
The only thing is that Marshmello is a mid-season variety and so shouldn’t really be fruiting now!- - and fruiting well! We have missed some of the fruits which have gone soft and mouldy in our absence but still have a good sized punnet to take home.
Marshmello
We have had a few fruits from our late season variety - Amelia although some of these plants don’t seem to be thriving (lucky I rooted some runners) - but we haven’t had any fruits from Flamenco our everbearing variety and only one or two fruits from the early variety Marshmarvel.
Amelia
I know we haven’t mixed up the plants as we were really careful this time to keep the plants separated.

I don’t really know what to make of this other than it is just the plants settling down to their first growing season - a season that has been unusual to say the least.

We also picked a punnet of raspberries, a cucumber, which is likely to be the last, and some carrots - yes we have managed to get some carrots but they are rather small and nothing like the amount we have come to expect!


13 comments:

  1. I agree, Sue. This year has been one of very confused weather, leading to some very varied crop results.

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  2. It's nice to be picking your own strawberries at this time of year. There's only the alpine strawberries which are fruiting for me at the moment.

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  3. our strawberries are just starting to produce again...will write a post om it later this week!!

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  4. Wait 'til you read about our fig, Mark.

    We have some alpine strawberries too, Jo but we need to do some concentrated picking.

    It's good to have fresh strawberries now isn't it Tanya. Ours were late starting but haven't stopped since - maybe it's that the berries have taken longer to ripen.

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  5. This weird weather is playing havoc with plants! Mind you, we are getting bumper raspberries, a big surprise given the plants were new this year... Sorry about your carrots - at least yours aren't damaged by carrot fly, which my last ones were... Next year, they will ALL be grown with protection!

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  6. Your strawberries look wonderful to me! My new plants did not do so well through our very hot & dry and then very very wet season. Hopefully they will rebound in the spring! But then I will have to move them!!!

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  7. Our carrot resolution for next year, Janet is to water more (if necessary) and try to keep down the weeds between the rows with some of the weed suppressant that we have used around the strawberries which biodegrades.

    Did you manage to get any runners off them Robin?

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  8. I wish I can join in berry picking at your place.

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  9. Must admit we do spend a lot of time picking fruit Diana.

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  10. Wow what a great harvest so early in spring! I wouldn't think England would have cukes and strawberries already!

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    1. Hi Mary and welcome to my blog - what you have read was an older post written in September - certainly no strawberries here in March!

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  11. Wow strawberries and raspberries in early March! Not something we could ever have happen but it sure would be nice!

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    1. I surely would Kit, Now I'm wondered how come people are suddenly arriving at this post!

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