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Strawberry Watch
Bar Harbor
Got some more weeding in this morning, before the rain hit. It occurs to me that my initial impression of "less weeds" was probably false. It's just that I remember the weeds from the end of the weeding cycle, not the beginning. The maple trees and dandelions come up early and aggressively, but are fairly easy to deal with. The grasses and clovers are much slower and more subtle, yet will be a much bigger hassle by month-end.

I turn out to be too much of a wimp to pull up the strawberry plants that have broken through the rows, even to replant them. Even though I'll probably end up trampling them during harvest season. [sigh] Maybe herooftheage will have the landscaper back at some point.

Some strawberry plants at the bottom of the garden have shed their petals and formed berries, though still small and green. Looks like the generally cold weather hasn't affected the plant life too much, though I have found an unusual number of dead snails.

For the reference of prospective visiting harvesters, ripe strawberry season at Melville Keep is pretty much exactly the month of June. The first few ripe ones come in late May, a week later, the quantity explodes, and they will be abundant through the end of the month. Some ripe ones will remain through late September, but the vast flood ends with June. During June, however, they literally ripen faster than we can pick them, so friends are strongly encouraged to come by and pick some for themselves.

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How were the strawberries first planted and did they fruit the first year?

herooftheage (who may provide more details himself) hired landscapers. They did fruit the first year, though not explosively. After year two, there was no stopping them.

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