3: BERRY HOLEY STRAWBERRIES
I discovered I should have done this weeks ago when last week I threw a net over my strawberries and found peck holes all through them. My old strawberry patch was in a corrugated iron ‘tree’ and didn’t need netting as the berries hung down away from any perch – but it was hard to feed and replant them, and they only produced enough for a tasty treat. My new strawberries were some plants my aunty had left over that I popped in under the banana trees. They went wild and multiplied a thousand-fold last year, but produced disappointingly few fruit. As it is a new bed with lots of nitrogenous compost, I’ve spent the winter feeding them ash from the fire to boost potassium levels and have been rewarded with a profusion of blossom. I have poked half hoops of alkathene pipe in the ground around them and thrown bird netting over the lot. Hopefully we will have strawberry jam this year.