Reached My (Strawberry) Limit

It looks like the major strawberry season is over. I went out this morning and only found four berries. However, that was just enough to give me nine pounds in the freezer; I'll thaw them in a few days to start a batch of strawberry Champagne.
A good portion of the crop was diverted to use in various deserts. My wife has already laid claim to next year's crop to make jam/jelly/preserves.
Paul
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Pavel314
My wife likes strawberries, I don't. We gave up growing them at this new house because the !@#$% Mockingbirds get them all eaten by daylight. Now we're fighting the mockers for the figs. They will also peck a tomato but then they don't eat it.
Unfortunately they are a protected bird in Texas. Hopefully I can start sniping them below where anyone can see them falling behind the fence. BSEG.
We had a wee rain today and hope for more. Was out at dusk yesterday and the purple martins and the barn swallow were snatching mosquitoes out of the air all the way to full dark. I do like those skeeter eaters being here. The subdivision holding pond is behind our house by about a hundred feet but we don't have many mosqsuitoes, thanks to the martins and swallows. Not to mention the many frogs in the pond.
George
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George Shirley
We have six barn cats who hang around the garden area so we don't have a lot of problems with birds and small rodents.
Paul
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Pavel314
i'm not sure what my actual limit is but for freezer jam it is about 24 pints, plus all we can eat for shortcakes.
this season was scant for me. 9 pints of jam (3 rather weak in color as i used the more ripe ones for faux-shortcakes). 1 pint of smushed berries for shortcake sometime this winter. local berries are pretty expensive this season.
that is what happens here too. eat fresh first and then whatever is left goes to jam or frozen crushed berries for winter shortcakes. i'm not much into drinking so nothing goes that direction but i've wanted to make syrup sometime and see how that fares.
songbird
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songbird
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oh, forgot to ask how large an area(s) you are using? i have about 250sq ft inside a fenced area i've been using - half that space was just put in last year and did very well this year. the other half needs to be turned under and amended again and then replanted. a todo item on the list that is hard to get to this time of the season for me.
i have two other areas outside the fence which can produce a lot some years, but this year wasn't one of them. the deer discovered them during a spell of heavy snows early in the season and since then they've been regularly mowing them down. we need to fix the fence out back which usually kept the deer from having an easy path in. now that they know the yummy plants are i suspect a fence won't do much good (they'll go around). i'm not ready to fence the whole yard...
wish there were wolves around.
songbird
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songbird
ing and only found four berries. However, that was just enough to give me n ine pounds in the freezer; I'll thaw them in a few days to start a batch of strawberry Champagne.
The vegetable garden, tended by my wife, is about 50' by 30', 1,500 square feet.
The pumpkin patch, my responsibility, is adjacent to that and is 25' by 30' , giving 750 square feet.
The strawberry patch, again mine and out by the vineyard, is the old aspara gus bed and is 16' by 3' for 48 square feet. I planted 25 ever bearing and 20 June bearing last year, so this is our first strawberry crop. My wife mo ved the asparagus to a row in her vegetable garden a few years back so I th ought I'd try strawberries to get some use out of it. Tried raspberries and blueberries but had no luck at all with either.
If the deer ever started bothering the garden, I'd sit out on the laundry r oom roof with the crossbow and harvest some venison.
Paul
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Pavel314

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