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valr

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Brightons nr Falkirk
strawberries
« on: May 26, 2010, 10:18:19 pm »
Hi
Just wondering whether you folks put straw or anything down to stop the fruit spoiling on the ground - am considering putting some of that black sheet stuff under mine this year - which will involve laying it over the top and trying to cut holes for the plants in the right places! Tricky ... ???
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Sharondp

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: strawberries
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 10:34:22 pm »
I'm just going to use straw. I've just pulled up most of the black membrane that the previous owners had down - too many weeds growing through it!!  ::)

doganjo

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Re: strawberries
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 12:08:24 am »
Plant them in hanging baskets, the fruit grows over the top.  Screw to a wall/fence then you can net them
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: strawberries
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 08:23:15 am »
Vair just for fun if you have a bit of space.Suspend a piece of the larger type of rain water guttering.Fill it with a good growing compost and plant the strawberry plants in it keep it watered and the strawberries will hang down like grapes cover with a bit of plastic netting to keep the bods off easy.If you like the idea the year after you can do more. :D :farmer: :wave:
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Re: strawberries
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 09:03:25 am »
Hi,

We find it's a toss up to cover the ground or not - if you don't then some fruit may get spoilt, if you do then you may be giving a good hiding place for slugs.

The general thing we find with some of the "pick your own" establishments we supply is that they dont cover the ground.

Matter of choice I suppose.

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plumseverywhere

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Re: strawberries
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 02:55:29 pm »
when we moved in to our holding last year it was mid june and we found the most amazing strawberry bed!! it was never covered, apart from blinkin bindweed  ::) and there was so much fruit it was unbelieveable.
this year I have left it uncovered and will probably put some egg shells down to try to deter the slugs (maybe some lager too?)
its stopping the children eating them all that's my problem - I want to make jam!!
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Sharondp

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: strawberries
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2010, 04:13:23 pm »
Nah - don't put the lager out - drink that! If you're partial to 'proper' coffee, the coffee grounds will stop the slugs!

I'm going to have the same problem with Leo - strawberries & tomatoes won't last 5 minutes with him around!

Like your idea George!

plumseverywhere

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Re: strawberries
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010, 05:21:39 pm »
 ;D last year Scarlett pulled every green tomato off all my plants and threw them in the fishpond. great.
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: strawberries
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2010, 06:46:05 pm »
Was her bum scarlet after ??? :farmer: :wave:
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plumseverywhere

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Re: strawberries
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2010, 07:58:42 pm »
ha ha - should have been!! i grew them all from seed and never got one tomato!!!
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: strawberries
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2010, 09:12:29 pm »
This is the biggest problem with gardening.Every thing has to be done in its window and if the plants had green ones on its to late to plant fresh seed. ??? :farmer:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

valr

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Brightons nr Falkirk
Re: strawberries
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2010, 09:53:08 pm »
Annie and George - it is an existing bed -  but if I get more plants I will try your ideas! Now, I didnt know slugs dislike coffee grounds - interesting! We do have a couple of pots of "proper" coffee to get us going in the morning - so I should just tip the grounds around the strawberry plants? It won't harm the plants will it??

doganjo

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Re: strawberries
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2010, 10:01:43 pm »
This is the biggest problem with gardening.Every thing has to be done in its window and if the plants had green ones on its to late to plant fresh seed. ??? :farmer:
No, but you CAN use teh green tomatoes - make GT Chutney - delish!
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: strawberries
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2010, 07:49:28 am »
Who last Peed in the pond Annie love? ??? ;D :farmer: :wave:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

Sharondp

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: strawberries
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2010, 12:08:35 pm »
Coffe grounds won't harm the plants - mine usually go on the compost heap, but this year they will be put around the strawberry patch!

 

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