New Strawberries - best way?

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2023, 12:57 »
Yes itís the first time for me , pride comes before a fall , thought Iíd never get it somehow. I made myself go to the plot today and managed a shop too. Feeling wiped out now.  Think I got it from m y eldest son who has a pub job. You should be ok infectiousness wise for the talk next week, but you might feel quite tired.

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2023, 13:25 »
Iíve just planted some 'Mara des Bois' strawberries from Thompson and Morgan.  They arrived in excellent condition within 48 hour.  Their web site (or a phone call) might tell you more about their delivery to your part of the UK.

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2023, 14:18 »
Thatís great coldandwindy. I admire your fortitude and ( what seems to me at least) gardening ď on the edgeĒ.
Iíve been laid low by covid so not been to the plot for a week, but last Saturday the strawberries looked ok, including the lot from the  1st delivery which seemed moribund when they arrived. Goosegirl I agree service from Thompson and Morgan can be patchy. Last year it was unsolicited substitutions in my delivery- sent a totally different variety of seed potato with no pre warning.
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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2023, 16:47 »
I am growing strawberries for the first time this year. Question: Lots of 'how to grow' websites say not to let the plants fruit in the first year, is this correct? I am very excited about my strawberries and would love to have some this year but I dont want to ruin future crops so will remove the flowers if it is the best thing to do?

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2023, 19:08 »
I am growing strawberries for the first time this year. Question: Lots of 'how to grow' websites say not to let the plants fruit in the first year, is this correct? I am very excited about my strawberries and would love to have some this year but I dont want to ruin future crops so will remove the flowers if it is the best thing to do?

Depends on when you planted them in essence, if it was in the autumn or at the latest now, they should be fine. Itís advised not to let them fruit so the plant can bulk up. But what you could do is let them fruit this year, & then take runners from this year, plant them in the autumn & either see how your first plants fare or discard them for the new runners. If you do take runners only take 2 or 3 from each plant & then only take the first plantlet from the parent on the runner ,if that makes sense?
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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2023, 14:51 »
Also what is the best mulch. Mostly pictures show straw being used but somewhere I saw mention of pine needles as they raise the acidity of the compost as they decompose?

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2023, 17:27 »
I just mulch with whatever Iíve got ,well rotted manure or homemade compost. They get a sprinkle of chicken pellets, blood fish & bone or wood ash now & again.

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Re: New Strawberries - best way?
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2023, 19:37 »
Just updating to say the T&M pst plants which looked moribund when they arrive have recovered well and are now indistinguishable from the plants T&M sent as replacement . So maybe if they arrive looking dreadful all is not lost.



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