Today, I noticed that the strongest of my strawberry plants has its first fruit. This is the most successful of the plant starts I got from my grandparents, via my mother. They are offering me lots more strawberry starts as well as lots of irises. My grandparents raise and sell irises and I think they have several dozen varieties. Anyways, this plant has one strawberry already turned red and at least three more fruits on developing. The plant has also sent out two runners and I will likely be getting at least three new plants from it. After they have developed a bit, I will transplant them to a better spot.
After I noticed the strawberries, I noticed that several of my tomato plants have put on fruit. All told, there are currently seven green tomatoes growing and several more flowers that appear to have been pollinated and will be setting fruit soon. As a side note, tomatoes are botanically fruit, but are considered vegetables by chefs, cooks, and the IRS.
It looks like there is a storm on the way here. Not that this is any out of the ordinary here. I am hoping for rain so I can stop using well water to irrigate the garden. The rain barrels in the greenhouse and the one next to the house are extremely low, to the point that I cannot draw any more water from them. The garden hose doesn’t quite reach everywhere in the garden, even at a hundred feet long and even if it did, it is very cumbersome to use in the narrow rows in the garden. For the most part, I’ve been using a pitcher to water the plants. It more walking than a hose would be, but lets me use a rain barrel to water the plants and only the plants.