Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Fever

I've contracted a bad case of spring fever. Thankfully, it's rarely fatal. Symptoms include, browsing seed catalogs, buying potting soil, cleaning gardening tools, and fertilizing fruit trees.  I've done all of these things the last few days.
Today, Jilda was having lunch with one of her friends at the local Mexican restaurant. I'd been to the dentist for a cleaning, so I crashed their girl-time. I left when they started talking about window treatments. I picked up the check and left them chatting away.
I swung by the local garden center and picked up a cherry tomato and some strawberry plants. I learned several years ago that after a lifetime of eating strawberries, I was allergic to them. 
My mouth broke out in ulcers each time I ate them. Sometimes they caused stomach problems too.
I've since read that strawberries, if they aren't organic, tend to retain any chemicals used in growing them. I'm wondering if the chemicals could be the source of my problem.
So, it's my intention to grow them without any pesticides and see if I can eat them.
I can't think of a better way to usher in spring than working in my garden.


  1. I love strawberries straight from the garden. Good luck.

    Secretly I'm hoping my husband doesn't get spring fever. The only outside project we have left is taking down the 70 year old maple in the front yard and re-landscaping the entire front.

    I think, that may be more than we can handle this year.

  2. Anonymous8:46 PM

    hope you're right about strawberries...don't like to think about anybody not being able to enjoy the deliciousness if they want to!

  3. Strawberries are too good to be allergic too, I hope washing them thoroughly would be the answer for you or like you said, growing your own. Good Luck.

  4. Strawberries are too good to be allergic too, I hope washing them thoroughly would be the answer for you or like you said, growing your own. Good Luck.

  5. Best wishes with the strawberries. I wouldn't want to live in a strawberryless world.


  6. Argh- I wish we could grow strawberries here. Climate not conducive to their growth is the big reason we can't. Best wishes on yours- hope it works out where you can eat them again.

  7. Organic is a good way to go. I hope it works for you. You'll have to let us know.

  8. Well, if there's anything worth taking a risk like that for, it's strawberries. Good luck!! I envy you having a garden. We only have a patio and I haven't had much luck growing things in containers.

  9. I'm right there with you. We had snow two days ago, though, so we are waiting for things to warm up a little, but I keep hovering around my rose bushes.

    And counting the daffodils as they come up and bloom. :)

  10. Awwwww that's a great big tub of gorgeous fruits to come!! Yay!!!

    Take care

  11. Someone is enthusiastic about spring :)

  12. Good luck on growing strawberries you can afford to eat!
    Ain't spring great?

  13. Anonymous4:10 PM

    I love strawberries, however I do not overindulge in them since I am allergic to nuts, and I've also heard that strawberries can be very strong...but I will look for organic ones then :) Spring is here.
    Have a great week!


  14. Good luck with the strawberry experiment!


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