I finally finished ripping out the last half of the overwintered spinach. The first half sat in the fridge for most of the weekend. I finally got to blanching and freezing it. I shouldn't wait that long, but I just didn't feel like it. This last half got blanched and frozen right after harvest. Much better.
But this post is really about my strawberries. Can you see them hiding behind the Johnny-Jump-Ups? I'm such a bad gardener. I should have ripped out or transplanted these ages ago. Instead they have almost killed the plants that were next to them. But they look so happy and cheerful that I couldn't bear to rip them out. But if some plant is going to die, I shouldn't let it be my strawberries.
But not all is lost. The swath of Jump-Ups is only in front of about a third of the strawberries. There are plenty of strawberries starting to get big. In about a week the squirrels will find the berries and then I won't get them. I want to prevent that. So I put in hoops as you can see in the Jump-Up photo. I was going to put some bird netting over it, but then the rain started. I guess the protection will have to wait. I'm being such a wimp of a gardener. A real gardener wouldn't let a little rain chase her away.
I hope the squirrels don't get precocious and start eating all the berries early. In the past they would wait until the largest of the berries is a little more red. They like the ripe ones better but will start eating any of them with the faintest blush once they get a taste for them.