Friday, May 7, 2010

Strawberries and Cilantro

Strawberries! Yay. I'm really happy they filled in so nicely compared to last year. There are tons of light green berries on the plants so I can't wait for June. You can't quite see it in the picture, but they are covered in bird netting for protection.

There were even tons of them that sprouted out the back of the bed. I want to turn that area into a place where chamomiles and borage can self-seed to their heart's content, so I pulled out all the extra strawberries and gave them to my neighbor. There must have been at least 20 plants. I left just a few in back there, outside of the netting - so at least the birds and squirrels can have a little treat.

You can also see the herb garden in the background. I can't believe how big so many of the herbs are, now in their third season. I'm also quite impressed that a pretty decent sized group of cilanto plants all self-seeded this year. Here's a close up of them:
I should have harvested some earlier, since of course they're going to bolt with all this hot weather we've been having. But that's ok, it just means more plants will grow and I don't mind the taste of bolted cilantro anyway.


Jeni Treehugger said...

My Cilantro's gone crazy this year!
I haven't planted any strawberries but I think I'm gonna get some plants from the garden centre. You're so sweet letting the birds and squirrels have their own little plants!

Linda said...

No cilantro for me yet, it's still a month or two away. Have you tried making a pesto with cilantro and other herbs such as the more traditional pesto ingredient - basil? I've even use Swiss chard in a pinch when I didn't have enough cilantro.

ChickDigtheDirt said...

Growing strawberries this year too and they are doing so well! No cilantro yet, but it is my absolute favorite herb in the world, so thanks for reminding me to get on it!

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