Sunday, July 10

Fresh from the Strawberry Patch: Growing Tips & Recipes

Strawberries are easy to grow (both indoor or out), needing just a little work & continue producing delicious juicy fruit for months! Each year they return stronger with bigger berries. Strawberries like to stay-put & establish roots, so start a good patch & let them do their thing.  They do need a little bit of attention to keep them coming back year after year:  

Clean beds: Keep the strawberry beds weed-free so they have lots of room to grow.

Place straw around the berries: Find a local farmer near you who has fresh straw available and place it around the beds as you would with mulch. This keeps the fruit off the ground and protect it from rotting and moisture loving molds.

Pick Berries Daily: Do not let your berries stay on the vine once ripened, as this can increase the likelihood of problems.

Space Properly: Plants that are grown too close together do not do as well as those properly spaced. Most find that planting them between 12 to 18 inches apart is a good rule of thumb to follow.

Use a Fence or net: Lot of animals & birds love snacking on strawberries too.

Great sites for Tips on How to Grow Strawberries:

Our garden strawberries are sweet, small & packed with seeds, each day we pick a bowl full - we just wish we had enough to make jam, but they never seem to last long enough. The handful a day is just enough to toss atop gelato...

If you can't get enough of this summer juicy fruit try some fun fresh strawberry recipes we found on Foodista:

Strawberry Basil Italian Ice 
Perfect on a hot summer eve.

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake
In a word, divine.

Spinach Salad With Strawberries, Gorgonzola and Glazed Pecans
Strawberries, Gorgonzola and honey-glazed pecans are a perfect combo. 

Strawberry Layer Cake With Strawberry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting  
Lovely for a brunch or shower. It's simply elegant! 

Strawberry Brie Tartlets
This appetizer is easy to prepare, yet so stylish!

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