1 - In spite of almost total neglect, our strawberry patches overwinter and thrive year after year.
(I really give our strawberry plants very little tending. I only remember about them when they bloom in springtime and become dense with white blossoms, which is such a pretty sight that I begin furiously making up for my lack of care, weeding, watering, and mulching away. But when crop season is over, I forget about them again ... )
2 - Although our strawberry plants are all runners from mother plants of the same varietal, they vary hugely in size, for reasons that escape me.
3 - This year was a bumper crop, far too many strawberries to eat fresh. So one day I made jam with the excess -- I've never ever made jam in May, so early in the season!
4 - But this jam I made in May didn't make it to winter, as preserves are supposed to do. Instead, it got eaten up in June. Does this make any sense at all?
5 - My kids have to clear my knitting off the kitchen table so that they can have their breakfast of bread and strawberry jam. (But I suspect that many of your family members have to do the same.)