May is normally when most strawberries ripen here. The mild winter and early spring has these ahead of usual. Expect strawberries to be showing up at local farmer’s markets soon.
Small garden patches produce a lot of food for birds if not protected with netting. The inverted bottles on pieces of rebar are supporting the netting. Rocks weight the netting down to keep the birds from going under.
Being soft fruits, strawberries are always near the top of the list of foods with the most chemical residue. Right now the effort to grow my own is looking worthwhile. They are tasty, organic, and not far from the door. Jam, shortcake, pie, and smothies will be happening here in coming weeks.