Today I picked the equivalent of 2 punnets of strawberries. Some of the strawberries are whoppers (the plate in the picture is a large dinner plate, not a small bread and butter plate).
Tonight I will be making "Eton Mess" which consists of mascerated strawberries, whipped cream and lightly crushed meringues. Just combine the strawberries, whipped cream and meringues just before serving. This is absolutely divine - just like a de-constructed pavlova.
Another gorgeous way to have fresh strawberries is "Sweet and Sour Strawberries" - just stir some sour cream in a bowl, place brown sugar in another bowl, and then by holding the strawberry by the stem or leaves, dip the strawberry into the sour cream, giving it a liberal coating, and then roll the coated strawberry into the brown sugar - eat and enjoy - yummmmmmmmmmmmm!
Do other members have a favourite way to serve strawberries?
Yum. I would be eating them as I picked them. I love them when they are warm from the sunshine and burst in your mouth.
@Annette - does this count?
Lovely crop @Annette.
We've got a small patch just starting up, the 2 year old is loving it, and even decorated it with painted rocks with googley eyes.
Here they are, when freshly planted, and about a month later. 3 regular strawberry plants, and one blondie in the middle.
Wondering what you do to keep the pests away. We were eagerly awaiting the first fruit, but I seems to have had a hole eaten out of it overnight, so I think we need to deter critters somehow.
@Mick0s - We haven't had too much trouble with pests except for earwigs. Has anyone got a deterrent for earwigs?
My top tips for growing strawberries:
If anyone has other tips for growing strawberries or even to correct any of the information I have given, I would really appreciate it.
We've never had much success with strawberries because of pests @Mick0s. We assume it was rats nibbling on them, or possibly possums. We've tried this year to plant some in the vegepod to keep the pests at bay, but I'm not expecting success because the vegepod lid is also keeping the bees out.
@Mick0s I just picked another 2 punnets of strawberries (that makes 5 in total for this season) and saw quite a few small slugs. I will spread some snail bait around (pet safe) and see if that fixes the problem. We have never seen possums in our area so our pests are of the smaller variety. I have several spare large grow bags full of strawberries if you'd like some (I know you are also in Canberra). Let me know if you do want some, you are more than welcome to have any spares. I also have many spare seedlings of tomato (Appollo, Siberian, Roma and a mystery cherry one), cucumber, zucchini, paprika and some succulents if you are interested.
Very generous @Annette. I wish I lived near you!
Thanks for the kind offer @Annette.
Unfortunately, I've still got to put in some work to get a propper veggie patch together and up and running, so don't realy have the space for anything other than our little strawberry patch at the moment.
I'll definitely keep it in mine when we finally get around to a real veggie garden. (Soo much on the list before this though!)