surprise autumn strawberries
We 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.
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!
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.
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.