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May 09, 2011



It's official. Spring swooped in and landed with full force. Yes, Poor Richard and his Almanac would disagree and remind me that March 20 was the official first day of spring.

He's wrong.

As any gardener knows, spring arrives with a ritual.

The Tasting of the Strawberries.

Honestly, what heralds spring more than the first scent of newly picked, perfectly ripened strawberries? It's edible aromatherapy.

I treat the first berries of the season as if I'm a pretentious vintner. Immediately after plucking the first, perfect fruit from its stem, I hold it close and inhale...banishing winter memories and infusing the stale, recycled air with sweetness.

(I do draw the line at swirling and spitting.)

From the time our children were young, spring meant anxiously awaiting the first days of strawberry picking. (To find your nearest strawberry patch, check out Last year, however, we planted strawberries throughout our gardens—outlining the quadrants of the potager, as well as the kids' raised bed garden. This year, the plants are full and lush with blooms...and now, fruit.

My family can't get enough strawberries. So, in addition to the gardens, we have fraise des bois—tiny alpine strawberries—in pots by the driveway.

Strawberries have taken over our landscape. To find creative and interesting ways to incorporate more of the lovely fruit into your edible landscape, please visit

Happy Gardening!




your place sounds like strawberry heaven.....
Hi Julie In my part of the UK we have had unseasonably warm and dry weather for about two months now. This has really brought the strawberries on. I picked my first berry this evening whilst packing straw around the plants. It was a rogue one as most will not be ready for a couple of weeks now. That will still be about two to three weeks earlier than usual. I usually pick most of my strawberries in June during Wimbledon fortnight. Looking forward to Jars of Strawberry Jam!!! PS: I grow an old strawberry that that has a chisel shaped front edge. These get a split up the centre that eventually has a wood lice living in it. You soon learn to break the strawberry in two before eating it, to check that the centre is empty. Glenn

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