Rumor has it that spring is on its way. At least that was what was whispered to me by the hummingbird that sang its song near my ear in Merlin’s Garden. Jim arose on Saturday morning and read that it’s a good time to plant strawberries. He is right naturally, and his pronouncement gave me a perfect excuse to head to the local nursery and purchase several strawberry plants to harvest this summer. In between the on-going winter clean-up, I planted bare root Seascape strawberries, and a small flat of Sequoia strawberries as well.
If you haven’t had a strawberry freshly picked from the garden, you are missing a treat, especially if you can get to them before the birds do. This perennial is a garden must-have. Make sure you have good, well-drained soil, a healthy dose of compost mixed in, and lots of sunlight and regular watering. You won’t regret the effort. A bowl of strawberries or strawberry shortcake anyone?
A message from Merlin: Seascape strawberries are very easy to grow. For one, they are day-neutral, which means they do not have an internal clock dictated by sunlight. They can grow where there is no sun at all. Perhaps that is why Purdue University recommended growing Seascape strawberries on space missions.