Posts Tagged ‘Strawberry’

Market Review – Kuraby Farmers’ Markets

Recently, I’ve been searching for information online about what’s the best market to find fruit trees, and vegetable seedlings. A number of active Brisbane Local Food members raved about the quality and price of seedlings, and interesting food and produce that are available from Caboolture Markets, but living on the southern fringe of the Brisbane City, it is really too far for us.

Markets is so trendy nowadays, that there’s a lot of information and reviews available online, but the specific information that I’m looking for is just not there! The best I could find was something along the line of “There’s a lot plants”……. So, here I am, trying to write reviews for people with common interest, and this would also give me an excuse to visit the different markets~

What’s a better place to start than the one closest to where I live?

Market Name: Kuraby Farmers’ markets
Website: http://www.kurabymarkets.com.au/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kurabymarkets
Where: Kuraby Train Station carpark, 1342 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
What time: Every Saturday, 6am – 12 noon
Entry Cost: Free

There are a total of two places that sell plants. A large area at the back of the market, which might be comprises of more than one stall, but it looks like just one to me. There’s a good selection of different sizes ornamental plants, and some natives, but the only edible I can see are strawberries, plus a few fruit trees in a corner. There’s one each of different types of fruit trees in different size pots. I didn’t check every single one of them, but the single small blueberry plant was asking for $15, and there’s no variety on the label. Not quite what I was looking for.

However, there’s a small stall amongst the fruit and vegetable stalls selling organic seedlings, mostly in small round tubs for $2 each. There are some salad seedlings in seedling trays, which you select and they pick from the cells, and are sold for cheaper. There are also some seedlings in slightly larger tubs that cost a little more. They also have comfrey plants in pots, and worm juice in bottles. The varieties of seedlings appear to be F1 rather than open pollinated, but with a small growing capacity, I’m not really looking at seed saving so I was fine with that. I went home with a Sarian strawberry, and heartbreaker tomato ~

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Just remember, information are correct at the time of publish, there may be new stall holders any time in the future 🙂

Blondie Strawberries

Two strawberry posts in a row! Never seem to get enough strawberries nowadays with my son loving to eat PYO (Pick-Your-Own) strawberries!

I wanted to get these white strawberries since it was advertised in Pohlmans nursery’s 2015 autumn winter catalogue, it was said to have a slight pineapple flavour.

They were $2 a pot in the factory outlet section of their nursery on their spring open day, so I grabbed a couple. They’re a little pot bound and advanced in those small square pots, so I think that’s why they’re in the factory outlet area.

The good thing about them being advanced is they were already in flower, and so fruited very soon. I can tell you that they do indeed have a slight pineapple flavour, albeit a bit on the small side. I suspect they may be alpine strawberries, or a hybrid of it ~

The down side to it, is that it needs a bit of experience to tell whether a strawberry is ripe or not. I think I have left a few of them over ripe. Wonder how long the plant would last ~

Strawberry Blondie

Strawberry Blondie

Soft pink and red strawberry flowers

The Sweet Rose and Sweet Pink strawberries have started flowering ~ The photo didn’t capture it, but the Sweet Pink have soft pink flowers, and the Sweet Rose have red flowers. Very different from the standard white strawberry flowers ~

I have grown a pink flowering type before, but it was a different shade of pink ~

Can’t wait for the strawberries ~

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BOGI fair scores

It was the annual BOGI fair the Sunday just past, I didn’t go last year so I made an effort to go this year. I wanted to get a strawberry guava ($8, AKA as red cherry guava), and a grumichama ($6) from Forbidden fruits nursery

Of course I ended up buying more than planned, with the extras being a dwarf tropical apple Anna ($15), a coffee tree ($6), and two strawberry plants of varieties I haven’t heard of at $3 each 🙂 (Sweet Rose and Sweet Pink) All up I’ve spent a total of $41 ~ Pretty good I reckon. All trees were from Forbidden fruits nursery, and apparently all of them were on special. I was really tempted to get a Jaboticaba ($10), and a Ylang Ylang ($10) which were marked down too, but I suspect I really have no room ……(really? Do I need to suspect? I have NO room!!) The strawberries were from Brett’s home and timber hardware I think….

I can’t find any information about these two strawberry varieties though, hope they’ll grow well ~

Strawberries

Strawberries

Spring is a busy time for us gardeners 🙂 Tough decision for where to go this weekend with Bonsai Bonsai Society of Qld exhibition, Pohlmans spring celebration, and father’s day activities…

My first pot grown strawberry!!

I have grown strawberries in the ground before, but never eaten any as they’re very popular with the critters, and because the fruits are so close to the ground, they tend to get fungus and rot very easily.  Especially if you’ve been slack and did not mulch them like I did…

Now I don’t have enough real estate in my garden to grow much in the ground, and strawberries are one of the best fruits to grow in containers.  So I’m trying strawberries again.  This time in containers.

Container grown strawberry ~

Container grown strawberry ~

I’ve planted five Torrey crowns, each in their individual pots, which only three servived.  I later bought a Redland Joy, and a strawberry pink.  I have also tried growing Alpine strawberries from seeds without much success…

It is now strawberry season, and I have harvested my first strawberry ever from the Redland Joy plant!  It’s the only plant that’s flowering ~

I think I picked it a day or two too early though.  The flesh was soft with a little bit of strawberry frangrance, but not sweet.

Strawberry

Strawberry

I can’t wait to try some more!!