During the hottest and driest part of the year here, August, I traveled all over the southeast for work and it was a real grind. I was not really home to take care of any of the plants or animals, including the family. So when I was home I was trying to catch up on work and catch up on family time and the plants suffered. I was so tired that I just didn't care what happened to the plants. The strawberries were really beaten down by the heat and lack of rain. The end of September, October, and November have brought the Fall temperatures and even though I always hear that Fall receives the least amount of rain it has rained like crazy here, especially this past Saturday through Tuesday. This has brought the strawberries bouncing back. I am excited that they didn't die off. The picture here is of a small section of a row. Notice all the bright green new growth taken a month or so ago.
I am hoping for lots of strawberries in May. I am also going to experiment with a little hoop house type set up for a little section to see if I can get some earlier strawberries. I am hoping that would work to extend our season into early April maybe.
I am known for growing lots of strawberries among friends and acquaintances. My new patch is a fraction of my previous patch. I have thought about ordering another 1000 plants to replant the patch at my grandfather-in-law's house that got too out of control this summer with weeds. I would like to resell the other couple hundred plants that I would have left over. If anyone is interested in going in on some strawberry plants just let me know. It is still a good time to plant them and be able to get some berries next spring. I have researched and ordered strawberry plants for 10 years now and know the best deals out there. Just contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org, comment to this post or my phone number listed on the site if you are interested. Buying strawberry plants must be my addiction I guess. There are probably worse vices in this world.