First fruits of the year

It looks as though Summer is finally arriving in England with the first fruits of our garden, albeit in the midst of a wet spell with constant clouds and heavy rain. But this is not a surprise at this time of year, when the Wimbledon Tennis tournament is not far away and well associated with wet weather.

I had been aware that the strawberry plants in our garden have been flowering for some time now. I had even added fertiliser and watered them on a few occasions when it did not rain for a few days. And this effort has definitely bore fruit, as there are now a few red ripe strawberries available to be picked and eaten.

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The great thing about these strawberry plants is that they will spread about, with it even leaping across barriers to root into the ground or even pots of compost nearby. The fruits below were as a result of its spread into an unconnected pot not far away from the main plant.

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Strawberry plant that had extended into a pot not far from the main plant now bearing fruit

My daughter has harvested some strawberries, and they do taste good – they are smaller compared to those sold at the supermarket but packed with flavour.

Home-grown strawberries
Home-grown strawberries
Harvested home-grown strawberries
Harvested home-grown strawberries

After the death of my chilli plants over last winter, I had to buy new pots to supply the demand for fresh chilli. Hence it is great to see the chilli growing redder and be ready for harvesting. I have used tomato fertiliser liquid to feed these plants, as this is necessary for them to grow well and produce hot chilli.

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Bird’s eye chilli plant

With the arrival of these red fruits, it is clear that Summer is now here in England. We just need to wait for the clear skies and hot weather to come again.

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