Fairy candy - Strawberries
This summer I got a bowlful of my own homegrown strawberries for the first time. A whole bowlful! I've had a crop of strawberries before, but it's always been one or two at a time, but not a full bowl of fully ripe strawberries, deliciously red and sweet and juicy.
I have two varieties of strawberries. Some nameless one I bought in a garden center (they never seem to care about named varieties here) and a named variety that I grew from seed so the name was on the packet, but I have since forgotten it (but I think I have the empty packet somewhere). The seeds came from Denmark and the flowers are pink and the fruit is large and dark and juicy. This variety flowers well and doesn't try to send out runners like the other one does. That is a good thing since that means it will concentrate on flowering and producing lots of fruit. But I lost most of the plants last winter so I want to propagate the plant that I still have. So I saved a few seeds to sow and am hoping to raise a few more plants.
I grow them in a long and narrow box that I built and hung up on a sheltered wall in the garden. I used some left over timber that I had, screwed the whole thing together and hung it up with some chains. I take the box down in autumn and keep it close to the house, right under the balcony so it doesn't get soaking wet in winter. That way most of the plants survive until next spring. I gave them very good soil this spring and added lots of well rotted horse manure as well as some water retaining gel. I also mulched with the manure and I have fed them with comfrey fertilizer to boost flowering. I seems to have paid off.