Congratulations to Fran Danner! You're the winner of The Best Strawberry Giveaway. Your cautionary tale of eating strawberries that you should be saving for shortcake made me laugh. I'm sending you a copy of The Fruit Gardener's Bible.
Thank you for all your comments. It was a joy to read each of them. There's something comforting in the fact that so many of you can remember the taste of an exceptional strawberry from 20, 30 and even 60 years ago!
It's so close to strawberry season I can almost taste the strawberry shortcake. I'm a little biased but I think the best strawberries are grown right here in Arkansas. Care to challenge me on that? Tell me about the best strawberries you've ever eaten for a change to win a copy of The Fruit Gardener's Bible by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry. If you're interested in growing fruits of any type this is a handy reference to have around.
Strawberry Tip from The Fruit Gardener's Bible
- Everbearing and day neutral strawberries are the best choice for growing in hanging baskets.
- Plant strawberries with the crown sitting at soil level. Too deep encourages disease; too high and they'll dry out.
- Alpine strawberries, Fragaria vesca, produce small, intensely flavorful berries all summer. They spread by seed and don't produce runners. Great for partial shade.