surprise autumn strawberries

October 14, 2009 at 9:30 am 6 comments

autumn strawberry and raspberriesWe moved our strawberry patch this year so didn’t expect many strawberries.  A handful in July were a welcome surprise but they were nothing special;  a bit small and rather tart.  Perhaps we’d left it too late to move them.  Or too early as they throw off more runners at this time of year.  I toyed with the idea of pulling them out and using the bed for something else but with other gardening tasks to move onto I left them where they were and struck on a compromise: sowing dwarf beans in the gaps between the strawberry rows. strawberry and dwarf beans

Strawberry and dwarf beans picked

The dwarf beans germinated quickly under plastic bottles and cropped well for such small plants (barely knee high).  The strawberries obviously didn’t appreciate the invasion and started fruiting again as if to stake their claim to the bed!surprise strawberries

September strawberries proved to be riper, larger and sweeter and until a few days ago there were still a few red strawberries ripening off in the autumn sunshine (now mildewed by the frosty mornings).  There’s little hope for all the little green ones now.autumn strawberry bitten

As if the strawberries weren’t surprise enough two lonesome tomato plants have also produced a few cherry size tomatoes.  They were planted on the half of the plot we’ve not worked this year, hidden by the raspberries and protected by their stunted size from the blasted blight that ravaged the other half of the plot. september surprises

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. miss m  |  October 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

    What a lovely and unexpected splash of red. Enjoy !

  • 2. Darla  |  October 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Now that’s the kind of surprised I enjoy!!

  • 3. mangocheeks  |  October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Would you believe it, that I too still have some strawberries growing in Scotland, though not as ripe as yours. The ones that look the best are the wild (alpine) strawberries.

    Hey and you have some surprise tomatoes. Enjoy!

  • 4. Jacqueline  |  October 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    That is a wonderful surprise indeed!

  • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  October 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I certainly did enjoy them, thank you. You can imagine how my heart skipped a beat Mangocheeks when I spotted the toms. Looking forward to all things red in the garden next year …

  • 6. Michelle  |  October 18, 2009 at 2:12 am



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