We were up to our eyeballs in strawberries for about 10 days.
Probably picked about 12 quarts overall. Which isn't bad considering it's a 15 x 12 patch. And I left a lot - - A LOT for the birds because man, I just kind of got tired of picking them. Isn't that so lame? This had a lot to do with 1. the amount of rain we've had and the serious mud problems in our backyard and 2. with my serious lack of pathways and mulch.
When we bought the house there were no paths in the strawberry patch. Or maybe there had been and they'd just been eaten up by suckers. In the fall I tore out a bunch of plants to create our vegetable garden and then tore out some more to create some paths, but got nervous because I thought I was tearing out too much and we'd have like 1 bowl of strawberries. This year there will be no such anxiety!
When I was little I would spend a week visiting my Grandma Masil in Idaho and sometimes we'd be there around the time of the strawberries. I remember these neat little rows and these sweet little strawberries and all of it being very easy to harvest and I thought that was how this would be.
Then I grew the Amazon of strawberry patches.
Not that I'm complaining- although it sounds suspiciously like I am! - because we have eaten our fill of strawberries and we have a freezer full of jam and sauce - and did you know that a lime does not have the pectin content of a lemon and so if you are making jam and you only have a lime to serve for your pectin needs you will end up with sauce? Which goes nicely on ice cream?And will probably make a nice bit of fruit leather?