The strawberry field for next May’s Strawberry Parties were planted in the middle of August. The crowns had been held dormant at just below freezing since last January. So once planted into our soil and climate they burst into life.

The leaf is wonderfully green meaning the plant has been able to access all the nutrients it needs plus it is large, very large. This is a function of not only nitrogen but calcium in the soil being fully available. A biologically active soil like ours can grow such great leaves. Jose and I can look at the strawberry leaves now and say with confidence that there is a big crop just building in the roots with leaves like these. Yum!