Strawberries, Fresh from the Garden!

First Weeks Harvest, from 5 second year plants

 

In just under a week, I have picked just over 4 lbs of strawberries! Big, sweet and a pretty red strawberries! Considering this is all from 5 plants that were just planted last year, it’s proving to be a decent harvest so far. I’m still trying to figure out how to make a hill that is good for nothing else, into a strawberry patch.  I will be discussing this with our Rural Resource agency, and see about getting a grant to maybe get some tiered beds made.

I now have Roma Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Onions, Yellow Squash and Zucchini in the ground. Nathan had to till two of our beds again, as they had clumpy with hard, red clay, and I had a hard time planting in the other two after our tilled garden got washed away. In these two beds, I will put in my Cucumbers and probably the Radish. This will leave me with just the Cherry and Better Boy Tomatoes, Green Peppers, and my Green Beans.  I may just pass on the Green Beans and plant corn instead. I really need to make up my mind, as all this stuff needs to be in the ground by this weekend. I really haven’t  been able to plant yesterday or today, as I have been watching my grandson, while his mom starts a new job.

I don’t know if I mentioned it in my post about the storm floods we had in February and March, but we lost all of our bird feeders to the rushing waters. So, Nathan and I decided to create our own with recycles Gatorade bottles. Pretty simple really, we just screwed the lid to a Folgers can to the bottom of a Gatorade bottle, and drilled holes so the feed could fall into the lid. Works pretty good if you and me, and if you ask the Golden Finch in the picture, I think he would agree too!

Home Made Bird Feeder

 

Did I mention we went trail riding week ago this past Sunday? NO! Will write about that ride later. Well, unannounced to me, there was a Wren that was had been nesting in my hay bag that was in the trailer. I didn’t know this until we got home from our ride. I left the nest alone, to see if Mamma Wren would come back, but she never did. So today, I ventured out to the trailer while Zack was napping, and shot some pictures. There were 5 eggs in the nest. I felt so bad for having pulled that nest out for the whole day!

Still inside the haybag

5 little eggs

Holding the eggs, they are empty and hallow. Mama Wren never did come back.

 

 

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12 Responses

  1. Branson says:

    I so wish I could have a garden! Those strawberries look delightful!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is a great post with beautiful pictures. There is nothing like fresh strawberries. Also, the hallowed out eggs are very cool! #commenthour

  3. Mellisa says:

    That settles it. I am planting strawberries next year. I can’t believe all that you were able to harvest! Can’t wait to see if my second attempt at gardening pans out.

  4. Jealous of all those strawberries! #CommentHour

  5. Alie says:

    Beautiful photos and the strawberries look delicious!

    Visiting from CommentHour.

  6. WOW those strawberries look amazing!! I just planted my first strawberry plant ever. I am hoping next year I get some awesome berries like you have, there is NOTHING Like the taste of fresh garden berries

  7. Ginger says:

    Sounds like you have a great garden going! Those strawberries look really tasty!

  8. Sarah says:

    Love those eggs. Cute photos.

  9. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  10. All this fresh food talk is really making me regret eating a big chunk of chocolate cake =/

    Those strawberry’s look delicious!

    Passing on By from #commenthour

  11. Katy says:

    Those strawberries look amazing! My black thumb of death is envious!

    stopping by from the #commenthour!
    http://grabenandgabi.blogspot.com

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