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Strawberry Giveaway

Honeoye StrawberriesI was thrilled by the number of you who dropped your name in the hat for last week's daffodil giveway!  Mark thought I should add a note before this week's giveaway, though --- just in case you're worried, we don't sell your contact information, and actually don't use it for anything except for emailing you if you're the winner.

With that out of the way, let's move on to this week's giveway --- strawberry sets!  Email me your name, email address, general location, and how you heard about this giveaway by Friday night and we'll put your name in the hat.  The lucky winner will be announced on Saturday, and on Monday we'll mail you 50 strawberry sets, enough to start a wonderful home strawberry operation.  Unfortunately, we can't send plants out of the U.S. (though I've been reading the stats about the people who visit our site and am excited to see so many international visitors.  Now I know where Moldova is! :-) )

Jewel strawberriesI won't know for sure the proportions I have of each variety until I dig them, but I'll include Honeoye Strawberries (the absolutely most delicious strawberry you'll ever taste), Jewel Strawberries (my CSA customers told me this was the most delicious strawberry they'd ever tasted, but that's only because I kept the Honeoyes for myself), and a few Ozark Beauty Strawberries.  Honeoye are early June strawberries, Jewel are later but still spring-bearing, and Ozark Beauties are ever-bearing.  The picture of the berries above is stolen off the internet because my strawberries very seldom even made it into the house.  (Poor Mark needs to learn to wake up earlier if he wants to get any strawberries....)

Although many people plant strawberries in the spring, fall planting has definite advantages as long as you get the plants out before your frost and give them a little care during the winter.  If they get well established this winter, you can eat the strawberries next spring rather than having to go through a heart-wrenching season of picking off blooms so that your strawberries will grow roots rather than set a few berries and then keel over.  Read more about planting fall strawberries...

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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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