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What better garden addition could there be…….. Strawberries ?

As previously mentioned, the front of our house has a great little garden section and is the perfect place to plant strawberries. I’ve had no luck growing them in various strawberry containers etc, and the one time they seemed to take off, we had to move so I dug them up and transferred them over. Luckily the couple of plants I had, seemed to take the move rather well. But…….that wasn’t good enough.
We opted for creating little mounds, putting newspaper down and replanting the plants, and putting straw over them. Honestly, we had no idea why we should use the straw, but hubby knew it came into the equation somewhere, so straw it was. We’ve since learned it should be dug into the soil a little and what it’s uses are so we know when we do more.
See below as to what we mean (the information was taken from the Tui Garden website HERE)

Anyhow back to our Strawberry garden.
I was lucky enough last year to actually win a Strawberry prize pack from Daltons which had literally everything but the strawberry plants, so we set about digging this into the soil to make the best beginning for our beloved red fruit
The next day we setabout doing the mounds and setting newspaper over them, before putting the plants through the newspaper and into the soil. Our theory was that the newspaper would stop the strawberries rotting in the dirt as we have found other years.
Then we put the straw on……

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I know, it looks a bit messy and we don’t have a lot of plants (as yet), but we plan on having as many strawberries as we can manage this year. They’re my favourite food, and are also great in my smoothies as well, so I really want this part of our garden to succeed.
Of course then I’m going to have to fight the children off because they are all absolute huge fans of strawberries as well.

 

 

We would love to hear about your strawberry gardens, and what tips and tricks you have for ensuring you have a bumper crop

 

 

Tui Strawberry Straw is ideal for mulching around strawberry plants in garden beds, pots and containers. Tui Strawberry Straw suppresses weed growth, protects roots from extremes in temperature, conserves moisture and keeps fruit healthy to avoid fungal disease. It also adds nitrogen to the soil as it breaks down. Made from 100% barley straw (may contain barley seeds). 5L expands to 25L.
Benefits:
Suppresses weed growth.
Protects roots from extremes in temperature.
Conserves moisture.
Keeps fruit healthy to avoid fungal disease.
Adds valuable nitrogen to the soil as it breaks down.
5L sufficient for approximately six strawberry plants.
Directions For Use:
Prepare soil for mulching by removing any weeds.
Break off large handfuls of Tui Strawberry Straw and loosen to expand.
Apply around plants to a depth of approximately 50mm.
Take care not to leave the straw touching the stem of your plants as this can cause rot.

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