Tuesday, 17 June 2014

It's Strawberry Time

Mick popped to the allotment last night and came home with these, the first strawberries from the plants which I inherited on my new plot.


Not many ready yet, but Eleanor and I shared them and they were delicious, sweet and juicy.

There's plenty more to come so I shall see if we can get to them before the slugs do.

Something else which won't be long, tomatoes, hooray.


These are on one of the Maskotka plants, a bush variety, which are growing outdoors.

Strawberries and tomatoes, anyone would think it was summer.

34 comments:

  1. Isn't it great? I love the bounty of the kitchen garden at this time of year. The red currants are looking good too - I may celebrate with summer pudding! Maskotka look good outdoors - I will make a note of the name for next year.

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    1. Summer pudding sounds good. Everything's starting to look nearly ready now, a great time of year looking forward to all the harvests. This is the first time I've grown Maskotka but I've heard good things about them so I'm eager to try them myself.

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  2. They look wonderful, I have one nearly ripe strawberry, fingers crossed it ripens tomorrow & Harry doesn't spot it first.

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    1. They tasted delicious. It's a pain when children like things as much as we do, it means we have to share, never mind, you might get half.

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  3. Oh my I have strawberry envy......something has eaten so many of mine. I believe it may be slugs.
    I have never had a problem before :(

    Enjoy your lovely strawberries...........sigh

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    1. We've got a few slug nibbled ones but the secret is to leave them on the plant and then the slugs return to those to finish them off before starting on any new ones. I hope the slugs leave some for you.

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  4. Yummy. I have picked soooo many strawberries its un true! Not that I'm complaining, they taste divine.

    Those Jam covers will be coming in very handy.

    X x

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    1. These are the first we've picked this year, I'm hoping that we'll get plenty more, there's lots on the plants just waiting to ripen. Strawberry jam sounds good.

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  5. Strawberries! A fine inheritance.

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    1. Probably the thing I was most excited about inheriting. I thought we might have to have a no strawberry year.

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  6. Those strawberries look really good so no wonder you enjoyed them.
    I bet that you can't wait for those tomatoes to grow and ripen. Flighty xx

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    1. They're the first of many, I hope. I'm looking forward to the tomatoes ripening, especially as it's been touch and go with them this year.

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  7. Your first strawberries of the season - how lovely! We lifted some from the allotment and left some for the next
    person who has taken it on to enjoy. Ours are not ripe yet.

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    1. I can't believe all the fruit the last plot holder left behind for us, we've done really well with it. Lots more to come yet.

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  8. We are picking strawberries too :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as we are.

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  9. My strawberry plants are nothing like those Jo! I have tiny fruits that are very small and very green. They look delicious!

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    1. I'm sure your strawberries will ripen in time, something to look forward to.

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  10. I hope you like Maskotka as much as I do. I have grown it for several year, and whilst it is not the tidiest of plants, it fruits very prolifically, and its appeal is such that both my daughters and all the grandchildren love it!

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    1. I'm looking foward to trying this variety, I've heard good things about it on a few blogs. Just need them to ripen now.

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  11. Mmm, wonderful strawberries, and your tomatoes are doing brilliantly, they're going to be quite early. We had the first sugar snap peas today, and there are ripe tayberries now and some raspberries. Oh I love it so, the first fresh crops, they are very special. I hope you get plenty of strawberries from the new plot. CJ xx

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    1. I think the first harvests are always the best. My tayberries and raspberries are nowhere near ripe yet so you're ahead of me.

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  12. Oh just the start of some rich pickings to come Jo :) We had a bowlful of strawberries last night with creme fraiche and there were still a few to decorate our porridge this morning. When did you sow your Maskotaka seeds? I've some lurking in my seed box which were free with a gardening mag. Will sow them next year.

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    1. I'm so pleased that there were some strawberry plants on my new plot, I'd have hated to miss out on them this year. The Maskotka plants are ones I bought from the plant sale when I thought I'd lost all my tomato plants so they weren't grown from seed, it's the first time I've ever cheated and bought plants.

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  13. Your strawberries look so yummy! The tomato is growing so well. So lovely!

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    1. I'm hoping there's lots more strawberries to pick when I visit the allotment again. I was a bit surprised when I saw the tomatoes, one minute there was only flowers and the next minute there was fruit.

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  14. Wow! You are way ahead of me! how wonderful to have the first taste of strawberries and those toms look wonderful.....gosh....maybe it is summer eh? xxx

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    1. It's definitely summer around here what with strawberries and now tomatoes. The strawberries were delicious.

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  15. Looks as though it is shaping up to be a great summer!! The strawberries look as though they are perfect, what a great thing to have inherited on your allotment. xx

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    1. I've been really lucky with my new allotment, I've inherited some great fruit. It's a beautiful summers day here today, I hope the sun's shining where you are too.

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  16. Hi Jo, I think blogger is playing up my end as it hasn't posted my message.

    I will leave half slug eaten strawberries on the plant from now on, thanks for the tip x

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    1. They only start on a new one if you remove them, blasted things. I've got so much slug damage this year, so annoying.

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  17. Despite all your tomato problems your plants look like they will be cropping before ours.

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    1. It's the plants I bought in which are already setting fruit, though my seed sown plants don't look too far behind. It's amazing how well they've recovered.

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