IT looks like an even better year for strawberries than last year.
I had my doubts about giving over a full 1x2m raised bed to them, but it seems to have worked out
There’s so little room for conventional vegetable beds only five 1x2m plots.
I’ve now had the sense to concentrate on growing things that are expensive in the shops and that I
actually buy, so it’s a real money saver.
It’s very easy to grow stuff you don’t eat or like.
I haven’t got a clue what varieties I have, as I was given a load of runners from my sisterinlaw’s
allotment. They taste great and that’s all that matters.
The plants are also really packed in this does mean extra watering and feeding, but the berries are
protected from bad weather by the leaf canopy and are harder for birds to detect.
A word of caution my mam has strawberries in her back yard and a pair of blackbirds nesting
They’ve decimated her crop, so don’t hesitate to net securely if there’s a hint of thievery.
The planting of four gooseberries in the bed (spiny ones) has deterred birds and the plants are
finally at their peak, producing lots of berries.
There’s also a few plants at the front of the long border, where they are hidden from the birds’
prying eyes I haven’t had to net anything yet. Famous last words...