I'm doing a snoopy dance about now! My strawberries are getting pink! That means that in a few days I'll be eating home grown strawberries from my garden! Yipee!
Oh yeah, my daughter wanted to plant them last year so I really should let her have the first one. I will, I promise! I was worried about the winter being so cold but I don't think we lost a single plant! And they are sooo big!
Now, I'm ready to fight the squirrels, who have been eyeing them for the past few days. I went to Atwood's yesterday and bought me a net that you use to keep birds off of fruit. I have created a tent over the berries so no one but me or anyone with opposable thumbs can get under!
When I first tried a garden the first year we lived here, the deer, rabbits, squirrels, foxes, armadillos, you name it they came and ate my garden. So the next spring, my wonderful husband made me a fortress garden! It has twelve feet tall chicken wire around it....I call it my giraffe pen. He doesn't do anything half way and he does good work, after over ten years and it's still standing! I've only had to restaple the chicken wire a few times and it keeps out just about everything, except squirrels...and one pesky turtle. I find him every year and take him back to the creek....then he returns and I take him back to the creek. We do this on and off all summer long. One day, I think I'll drive him up to Lake Oologah and see if he returns! It's about twelve miles....
We used to do that with our ducks when I was growing up. They'd sit and poop on the front porch so mom and dad would load them up in the truck and drive them to the pond...not twelve miles but a pretty good walk from our house....we'd get home and pretty soon...here they would come, marching in a line right in the path! So funny!
I'm patiently waiting for the strawberries...or at least I'm waiting, maybe not patiently. I can't wait! My mind is just spinning with all the goodies I'll be making in the next few weeks!