First strawberries of the year

Yesterday I picked the first strawberries of the summer from the garden.

Strawberries

First strawberries of the year

A few weeks ago I put some plastic dome cloches over a few of the strawberry plants in the hope of getting some strawberries 2 or 3 weeks earlier than from the unprotected plants.

Strawberry plants beneath cloches

Strawberry plants beneath cloches

As the plants grew it soon became apparent that the cloches were nowhere near big enough and I wasn’t very hopeful of success. However I left the cloches over the plants because the weather had turned cold and I reasoned it would be a bit of a shock to the poor plants if I removed the cloches.

So I was delighted last night to spot some red berries on the plants. The berries were quite small and a bit oddly shaped, probably because of their cramped conditions and because they hadn’t had enough water, but they sure tasted good.

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