A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 24 – Strawberry

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“Berries Galore” – Spring 2013 – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Seven Days of Fruit and Berries

The garden strawberry (or simply “strawberry) is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria (collectively known as the strawberries)… It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit… The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness…

Technically… The strawberry is an aggregate accessory fruit… Meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant’s ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries… Each apparent “seed” on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it…

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“Ready Berry” – Summer 2013 – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA

Strawberries are popular and rewarding plants to grow at home… They can be grown almost anywhere in the world… The best time to plant is in late summer or spring… Plant in full sun or dappled shade… In somewhat sandy soil… The addition of manure and a balanced fertilizer aids strong growth… Alternatively they can be planted in pots or special planters using compost… Fiber mats placed under each plant will protect fruits from touching the ground…

Strawberries are tough and will survive many conditions… During fruit formation, moisture is vital, especially if growing in containers… Protection must be provided against slugs and snails which attack the ripe fruit… The fruit matures in midsummer and should be picked when fully ripe…

Propagation is by runners… which can be pegged down to encourage them to take root… Or cut off and placed in a new location… Established plants should be replaced every three years or sooner if there are signs of disease…

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New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

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A Sunset With The Hamnett Place Community Garden

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“Evening Storm” – © chriscondello 2013 – Conceptual Composition – My Backyard – Wilkinsburg, PA – Call this what you will… But to me… This photograph is like a painting… Blue Salvia as my canvas… And Golden Heuchera my medium… Taken in the evening light accompanying a storm… Electricity in the air puts electricity in the soul… This photo was taken on the walk to the community garden…

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“Go Team” – © chriscondello 2013 – Clover – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – Compared to the other clover in the immediate area… This one was huge… The sun can kinda be seen setting in the trees… And the storm was rumbling at my back…

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“Through the Bramble” – © chriscondello 2013 – Champagne Raspberry” – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – My favorite variety of raspberry… Can be purchased from Garden Dreams in Wilkinsburg…

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“Beyond the Bramble” – © chriscondello 2013 – Champagne Raspberry – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Next step… Tasty berries…

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“Urban Vetch” – © chriscondello 2013 – Crown Vetch – Hamnett Place Community Garden – The last glimmer of sunshine landed exactly where I needed it… Gotta love it when things work out…

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“Berries Galore” – © chriscondello 2013 – Strawberry – Hamnett Place Community Garden – I know from the past that this variety of strawberry tastes amazing… Had I known it had an incredible flower as well… I guess as the breeders get bored with developing fruit… They mess around with the flowers… I was blown away by the simplicity… But stunned by the complexity… Truly beautiful…

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“Blue Flag” – © chriscondello 2013 – Iris Versicolor – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – The sun setting behind this Iris was practically visible through the petals… I did my best to capture the feeling of that moment in this photograph…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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