|Alpine strawberries, July 2017|
|This is a big one!|
|Strawberries under chicken wire; it stopped the birds but not the slugs|
I have around ten or twelve maincrop strawberry plants, but don't really have a dedicated bed for them. Some of them live next to the alpine strawberries, a couple were hiding under this spring's sprouting broccoli (I thought I'd moved all of them last summer), and there are a few scattered elsewhere in the perennial section of the garden. They, like the alpine strawberries, flowered quite early but not all of them produced fruit this summer.
We ate most of these berries in June--about a month earlier than usual--and now they're finished. As these strawberries are sending out lots of new runners, I hope to establish a brand new bed for them in the perennials section later this year. Hopefully next year we'll get a bigger harvest.