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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Strawberry Jam - Enough With the Sharing Already

I am a giving person, really I am, but don't take
everything, ok!

That's what I finally had to say to the birds
in the garden.  They love my strawberries,
but so do I.  I could never get many
and I had tried all kinds of tricks.

Finally, my sister-in-law gave me the netted
side of her old gazebo and told me to cover
the strawberries with it to keep the birds
from eating them all.

Guess what?  It worked like a charm.  I don't have
enough to cover all of them, so I used some other
netting I have.
This is some Christmas netting with gold stars
but it worked well too.

I now get tons of strawberries and as you can
see in my Italianate garden, I don't have a huge
patch.  There was even enough to make
strawberry jam!

There are still some parts that are uncovered
and they pick that clean.  See, I am willing
to share (some)!


Pondside said...

I'm thinking of doing the same thing to our cherry tree this year - I'd sure like to taste just one cherry!

Kristin said...

It must be wonderful to have your own strawberries!!! Happy new week!

Kristin xo

Laura said...

Great save for yummy jam! Thanks for all the advice tonight

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do! Glad you ended up with enough for jam:@)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAR! Those little sweethearts come SWOOPING down immediately, I KNOW! We moved some earth the other day in order to plant new hedges, and those feathered friends of ours immediately attacked the ground. We decided against planting seed for new grass and we are going to just put down turf because the hassle of covering that much ground area would be annoying! Oh, your jam looks fabulous! ENJOY DEAREST, Anita

Joycee said...

We are constantly fighting the deer, they eat almost everything. I noticed yesterday they have almost eaten all the leaves and buds on the new rose bushes. You are too kind sharing those berries with the birds! Nothing as delicious as strawberry jam on toast...

La Table De Nana said...

Just yesterday I noticed my new blueberry bushed was being robbed of it's clusters..I've put a type of wire..but neat a net:(

It's hard to grow things that are edible here..everyone wants some..the insects eta the basil etc..and the birds the fruit! the Jam is beautiful:)

It's me said...

Nice the glitters !!...enjoy a lovely week

Ellen Zames said...

Strawberries are so hard to grow and keep until harvest. I hope those covers help protect the.

I LOVE fresh homeade jam. I just bought rhubarb and strawberries to tackle some jam. YUM!


Charlene said...

So pretty & the bonus is YOU get YOUR strawberries! And THANK YOU for the cream cheese dessert balls in previous post they look YUMMY!

LDH said...

Great idea! This spring I planted just 6 strawberry plants. They have a few berries now but I am hoping next year is a good one. I will have to remember the netting solution if birds become a problem.

Now, do you have a solution for keeping the rabbits from devouring every plant in my yard? :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

That's a beautiful little garden of berries! I don't blame you for wanting some of those berries for yourself though. When I plant something here, I have deer and groundhogs that are all too eager to share my wealth. :)

Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by. I LOVE your kitchen. Enjoy it in good health for many, many years.

Sue said...

I bet your homegrown strawberries are delicious! I can see why the birds want some:) Hooray for netting!

Entertaining Women said...

Let the little suckers plant and tend their own berries. My grandmama used to have marvelous strawberry patches in her backyard. The netting is a great idea. Thanks for shring it. Cherry Kay

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the netting with sparkles on it as it must look pretty as well as keep the birds away. My strawberry patch has almost fisnished producing berries for this year but my raspberries are beginning to get red. I love berries! :)

once in a blue moon said...

such a pretty garden, i would be happy to share with the birds, its the rattlesnakes that ruin things for me :(

Sarah said...

Growing your own strawberries sounds lovely. Glad you found a solution to save them for yourself. ;-)

Lisa said...

I wish I had my own strawberry patch. Yours must be so deliciously sweet.

Red Couch Recipes said...

I wouldn't want to share my strawberries at all! Don't have any in my garden, but I am just saying that I wouldn't want to share -- compared to grocery store ones, well, is there ANY comparison? Joni

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post! The strawberries looks so yummy! Great shots.This is a stunning site.
Now, am your newest follower...hope you will follow me back:)

janice15 said...

Glad I came by today, I was just thinking the same thing. they keep coming and taking my seeds for the radishes and I have all new strawberry plants full of buds. I was just thinking o my I might need to cover them as well they already stole all the moss from my hanging basket so half the basket is without..I love birds but not some of the things they idea. Janice from


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