How Old Are My Strawberry Plants?

how old are my strawberry plants

how old are my strawberry plantsQ: How Old Are My Strawberry Plants?

On June 7, 2011, Diane asked:

We have strawberries in raised beds. We are getting smaller and smaller berries every year. I think I need to thin the plants. Is there a way to tell by looking at them which plants are oldest? I need to know how old are my strawberry plants. We also need to fertilize and water them. We were really just letting nature take it’s course. With a fair amount of success until now. The berries are just mostly really small this year. Thanks for this site. It was very helpful. I’m also wondering if when you create new plants from runners are you supposed to pinch off the blossoms on those or just on new bare root plants? If you are supposed to pinch them off the new runner plants, how can you tell which plants are new in the Spring? They all look the same to me in the bed. Thanks.

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Strawberry Chocolate Yogurt Masterpiece

strawberry chocolate yogurt masterpiece recipeThere are a bazillion recipes out there that call for using strawberries (in some form or fashion) with chocolate.  And that is just as it should be.  Whether it is chocolate covered strawberries or a two-flavored frozen yogurt cone with chocolate and strawberry sides intertwined all the way up the swirl, these two tastes are meant to go together.  But, there is a difference between throwing any chocolate together with any strawberry and this recipe.

This recipe is a masterpiece.

Oh, sure, I can see the eyes rolling now.  But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Make it and see.  The delicate chocolate overtones with the yogurt and sweet strawberries prove it to be wonderful to any tongue that tastes it.  So, get ready to make this masterpiece and become the Picasso of the Kitchen.

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Strawberry Lemon Rum Jam

strawberry lemon rum jam recipeEvery now and then people sit down for a bite to eat and are unexpectedly shocked as they bite into a surprisingly delicious culinary delight.  This strawberry lemon rum jam recipe is just such a delight.  Unassuming in appearance, it has the tendency to lull the soon-to-be partaker into a sense of normalcy prior to the first bite.  But, upon sinking their teeth into whatever medium you’ve chosen to deliver this jam, the discontinuity of what was expected versus what the tingling taste buds are telling the brain is enough to cause the consumer to become taken by the moment: eyes wide and staring at the normal-looking-yet-awesomely-different jam.

So, get your motor running and get busy.  This strawberry lemon rum jam recipe is one for the record books.

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Strawberry Water Infusion

strawbery water infusionStrawberries, strawberries, strawberries everywhere!  Everyone gets excited about springtime strawberry recipes, and rightly so.  They are delicious!  If you’ve perused these recipes long enough, you can probably identify one of the first commonsense steps in virtually everyone of them: wash and hull the strawberries.  Of course you will wash the dirt and debris off of the freshly picked or purchased strawberries.  Then, since few people like to nibble the greenery of the calyx atop the berry, they deftly hull those babies.

So, to what use can you put those excess and normally unused strawberry tops?  Well, you can compost them or feed them to your pet hamster, of course.  But, you can also make a delightful strawberry water infusion.  Adding cucumbers to a cup of cold water is a favorite way to add a bit of freshness to otherwise bland water.  Strawberry hulls can be used for the same purpose!

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Sweet Strawberry Spinach Salad

sweet strawberry spinach salad recipeSpringtime.  It is the time of year when bluebirds perch atop your shoulders and chirp a sweet melody.  It is the time of year when snows promise to be a thing of the past, and green bursts forth from the dank bleakness of winter brown.  budding flowers on dogwoods and the paler green tips upon conifer branches herald the coming of something grand.

With the coming of increasing temperatures, strawberry plants also are called to renewed vigor as they break dormancy and again send forth their foliage to welcome the strengthening rays of the sun.  But, not only leaves appear!  The perennating buds that were forms with care the previous year also come forth as delicate strawberry flowers.  The buzzing bees find favor therein, and soon the white petals drop and yield a glimpse of red remaining.

Joy comes for many with the first spring harvest of strawberries.  And, what better way to kick off the fun of the coming months than with a great recipe using your freshly-picked strawberries?!  This sweet strawberry spinach salad is just what you need.

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Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

strawberry sorbet recipeIf you love to exercise your hospitality genius and have guests over for dinner parties or holiday celebrations or really just about any other reason, you know the value of having a great recipe that brings forth the compliments and praise.  This recipe is one such.  Whether you go with heavy and filling dinner dishes or lighter cuisine, this strawberry sorbet recipe is just the perfect final installment to deliver an exclamation point to the taste buds of your guests that won’t be soon forgotten.

The sweet, dissolving aspects of this dessert not only enhance the final memory of delightful tastes, but also goes down smooth.  The rapidity of sweet burst of flavor combined with the feel of frozen sweetness as it melts away is somewhat reminiscent of cotton candy.  The volume is tantalizingly big, but the final result of the spun sugar fibers is a fast-dissolving burst of flavor.  Enjoying this sorbet is similar: no matter how big a bowl you serve, it will be gone before you know it, and even the fullest belly can stand to sample another bite!

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Strawberry Rice So Nice

strawberry rice so nice recipeSometimes unsuspecting food critics sit down to an unknown dish with skepticism brewing and bubbling like a volcano underneath the calm exterior.  Criticisms are forming before the first nibble is taken.  Well, if you know some such food pedant, abort their food snobbery with this little dandy of a recipe.  One taste will silence the simmering skeptic like Alka-seltzer to a stomach that just finished a bowl of two-day-old chili with extra garlic and hot sauce.  Really, it is that good.

If kids are around, you might want to banish them to the basement while you make it, or it might just get quaffed by the starving hoards before you even put the finishing touches on it.  Rice pudding alone can’t hold a candle to this fantastico recipe.  Try it and you’ll be a believer thereafter.

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Strawberry Fudge Indulgence

strawberry fudge indulgence recipeEveryone knows life is short.  ‘Tis but a vapor or fleeting breath.  Someday, somehow, your body will end up as worm food, just like everyone else.  Everyone will kick the bucket, rest in peace at room temperature, and cash in one’s chips for the last time.  So, instead of fighting the Grim Reaper, why not ignore him instead?  Well, ok, as with everything moderation is the key.  But, if you’ve been a good boy or girl recently, this strawberry fudge indulgence recipe is sure to be a suitable reward!

So, instead of buying the farm, try shopping for the ingredients to make this beauty of a dessert instead?  Whilst you still have breath in your lungs, let the only sticky end you come to be the finishing of this confectionery marvel.  Then, you’ll be able to take the largest chunk of fudge and “bite the big one” in that sense…instead of biting the dust!

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Ginger Ale Strawberry Fruit Cocktail

ginger ale strawberry fruit cocktail recipeGinger ale is a poorly appreciated bubbly beverage.  Coke and Pepsi and all the other soda spinoff drinks can claim their rightful spots sidled up next to pizzas and hamburgers.  But, ginger ale is its own master of all things subtle.  You’ll rarely find Coca-cola in holiday punches.  You aren’t likely to pair Pepsi with fruit of any kind.  Oh, but ginger ale?  Absolutely!  Ginger ale is for the discriminating palate.  This ginger ale strawberry fruit cocktail is an especially easy and delicious wonder of the kitchen.

It is super simple to make, awesomely delicious, and makes perfect use of ginger ale!  So, take a break or plan a party so you have an excuse to double the recipe, then get busy making this masterwork!

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Strawberry Choconana Smoothie

strawberry coconana smoothie recipeDuring the spring and summer months, strawberries are everywhere.  If you spend any time in the grocery store or out and about, you’ll likely see cartons upon cartons of fresh strawberries just waiting to be snarfed.  Farmers markets are abounding with the sweet red treats, and pick-your-own operations are getting cranked into high gear as pickers-for-a-day come from miles around to claim Nature’s goodness.  You might even turn a corner in your downtown area to find a Strawberry Festival in full effect!

And, if you grow your own strawberry patch, you know just how productive the little strawberry plants can be.  If the rabbits and squirrels and birds don’t invade, you will have an abundance of berries to consume.  Since strawberries have a short shelf life, it is important to use what you grow or take home from the store.  Nothing is more frustrating than spending time or money obtaining fresh produce only to open the refrigerator door and encounter a thriving mold population ruining your haul.  So, it is good to have quick and easy strawberry recipes on hand to prevent strawberry loss!  This strawberry choconana smoothie recipe is perfect for turning your strawberries into a family favorite.

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