There is no such thing as a free lunch in this world, except when I have wild strawberries growing in my garden!
Ok, I am showing off a bit. But I really could not believe my luck when I first discovered these little beauties in my garden. Even though they are only about the size of a pearl, they are a little bomb of flavour in my mouth. I usually wait for the fruits to ripen on the plant and pick them when they turn deep red (like the photo above). They are far tastier than any big farmed strawberries I have ever had.
I had no idea how they got to that special corner of my garden. I suspect my little friends, the Robins, brought them along when they hunt for worms and did a poo? I allowed the runners to grow across the planter. 2 years on, they have already covered quite a decent sized area. These days, I do admit that I ‘cultivate’ them a bit- I put seaweed fertiliser on them whenever I feed my other vegetables.
If you happen to see some in your garden, congratulations! My advice is: Eat the fruits and keep the plants. You will get more the next year!