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Leftover strawberries

Bowl of strawberriesLeft-o-ver straw-ber-ry
[left-oh-ver straw-ber-ee] 
--- noun,
plural -ries.

1. Fruit that makes it into the house to be shared with the long-suffering husband after the primary gardener has glutted herself for two weeks on sun-warmed strawberries.

Origin: Previously considered an erroneous combination of "leftover" and "strawberry".  Added to the dictionary in 2009 when excess rain caused a decline in flavor.  Despite full flavor in 2010, the phrase has been retained.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Wow! strawberries already, I just put my strawberries in this year and it looks I'm going to get a few, but nothing like you have. I live in N.E. Ohio and we get almost the same type of weather that you and Mark get (not quit as hot), except we get the lake Erie effect, so that means more clouds, and a quick change in weather. I was just wondering what you do for hot humid weather. We have our trailer well insulated with R60 in the attic and R26 in the walls with three turbine vents on the roof, and if all of the windows are left open at night and closed in the morning everything stays cool for a long time. We do have an AC unit that I installed in the wall with a 10 seer rating, but we don't have to run it very often. Our trailer had a metal roof until I added a gabled shingled roof which allowed me to add more insulation in the attic and foil faced insulation on the outside walls. I had problems logging in, hope this works. ZIMMY
Comment by zimmy Tue May 25 08:59:05 2010

I felt just the way you did a few weeks ago. People a bit south of me were posting pictures of big bowls of strawberries on their blogs, and I thought, "No way we'll get so many!" I'm always surprised by how many strawberries we get over the course of a season. Of course, I do obsess over them --- we currently have ten beds full, which is just barely enough to glut me every day or two, but not enough to preserve any.

I like your question about dealing with the heat. I think that's going to have to be a post, though! Stay tuned!

Comment by anna Tue May 25 16:01:23 2010
Huh, I've never heard of them before.
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Tue May 25 19:07:17 2010
Glad to know I'm doing my job and introducing homesteaders to concepts they'd never considered before. :-)
Comment by anna Tue May 25 20:52:03 2010

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