This is their second and third year in this bed, one in between our house and the neighbors. It gets sunlight for about 6 hours of the day now and that time is ever lengthening.
Weeds are a threat to these berries. I weed the bed almost daily removing the starchy sticky stems of milkweed that seem to grow inches overnight.
As the green fruits are already the size of my thumbnail, I laid bird netting over top this week. I want to enjoy every sweet berry, leaving none for the squirrels or birds.
When friends ordered alpine strawberries earlier this spring from The Strawberry Store, I could not resist joining their wholesale buy. I'm so glad I gave in because these are the sweetest tiny plants I have ever seen!
Alpine berries are supposed to have unsurpassed flavor. Unlike traditional strawberries, they can be divided for reproduction. I have two varieties, red Alexandria and Yellow Wonder.
Alex dug out an addition to our regular strawberry bed for these tiny wonders, barely visible in the picture above. I can't wait to taste the fruits!