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Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa)

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Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa)

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Strawberries! Need we say more?

We are well aware that you can often buy strawberries from big retailers from a tiny $1 each. Those strawberries can be great, but they should be planted and nourished well before they flower, well before they are sold in store! They’re planted in cheap place-holding mix. These babies are grown in our home made, organic mix. You will usually find a worm or two in the pot. The soil is rich, they are well loved, the flowers are PINK, and we sell them year round (although obviously they fruit in Summer, as usual).

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Strawberries! Need we say more?

We are well aware that you can often buy strawberries from big retailers from a tiny $1 each. Those strawberries can be great, but they should be planted and nourished well before they flower, well before they are sold in store! They’re planted in cheap place-holding mix. These babies are grown in our home made, organic mix. You will usually find a worm or two in the pot. The soil is rich, they are well loved, the flowers are PINK, and we sell them year round (although obviously they fruit in Summer, as usual).

Strawberries need full sun, LOADS of water and very rich soil. I love to dig in sheep poo before planting, and spray with a seaweed based fertiliser. Remember that the majority of nutrients a plant absorbs during its lifetime are taken from the soil itself, and not from granulated or liquid fertilisers.

Slugs, snails and birds all famously love strawberries. I know it is the ‘done thing’ to cover the ground around them with pea straw, but if you can stand it, don’t mulch at all and put them in a damper part of the garden, plant them closer together (for less water loss to the soil), or mulch with anything with less carbon. High carbon mulch like pea straw attracts slugs and snails! I tend to plant them in pots or under taller plants as a result- tall things put birds off, and pots make slug and snail control easier (find them under the lip of the pot and squish em). Last year I put strawberries under the tomatoes and it worked great- no bird or slimy bug damage.