Strawberries!

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The purchase of a couple of small strawberry plants three years ago has paid off like not other investment in my garden. These little plants multiply by runners, are perennials so you have them year after year and are very easy to grow in practically any plot of available ground or container.

There are many reasons to grow strawberries but for me, the most important is that strawberries consistently rate at the top of the “dirty dozen”  list. Loaded with pesticides and fungicides, even strawberries labeled “organic” can’t be trusted because the land they are grown in is generally already contaminated. Home grown strawberries are sweeter and more nutritious because they are picked at the prime of ripeness. They are soft and silky and melt in your mouth.

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Cover your patch with fine bird netting to prevent birds and small critters from getting them before you do!  So for the last couple of years, starting on the first of June and continuing the entire month, I have more strawberries that we can eat in a day. That is fine because they freeze well and if you are so inclined make amazing desserts and preserves.

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” 
― Joel SalatinFolks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
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