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How To Pick Strawberries

how to pick strawberries by rochelle greayer  www.pithandvigor.comWhen you have picked as many vats of strawberries as we have (this year is just unbelievable!) you find there are a few things that just keep coming out of your mouth again and again each time a new picker comes into the garden….I’ve even heard my kids repeating these simple directives to their friends.  It strikes me as odd that there are things to know about strawberry picking – that might not be completely obvious — but there are, and if you come strawberry picking here, these are the things that someone will say to you.

1) Be thorough. Berries hide and can be nestled down in the mulch or leaf litter, so take the time to run your hand over each plant, hook your fingers on the little stems to pull up each cluster to find the hidden treasures, and then once you’ve gone over an area, go over it again from a different angle. There are always more. We are convinced ours go from green to red in a matter of seconds.

There is a reason to be thorough – beyond not wanting to miss any good berries….and that is rot…

2) Get rid of any rotten or mouldy berries. This spreads quickly and taking the time to pluck off the bad berries to toss them away will keep any sort of nastiness from spreading quickly and will lengthen your harvest.

3) Pick often (like at least every couple of days). The more you pick the more you get. If you leave berries, not only will they mould and the mould will spread, but the plants will stop producing.

4) Don’t fret about picking less than 100% red berries. Don’t try to go out and pick green ones, but if you grab a berry that is pink or only half red, it is our experience that they will ripen on your kitchen counter within 24 hours. I’ve read on other websites that strawberries do not ripen after picked… all I can say is that my first hand experience proves this to be one of those patently false things that people say on websites and then other people repeat without checking. A bowl of homegrown mostly red strawberries left on the counter overnight will be a bowl of deep, even redder, strawberries the next morning. If you don’t believe me read this.

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