Re­fresh your straw­ber­ries

Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

Straw­berry plants are best re­freshed ev­ery three years or so be­cause they’re prone to dis­eases and be­come less pro­duc­tive with time. To pre­vent pests and dis­eases build­ing up, it’s also worth mov­ing your straw­berry plants to another spot. Dig over a patch of soil, re­move any weeds, dig in some well-rot­ted com­post and sprin­kle with a gen­eral pur­pose fer­tiliser such as Plant Grow nat­u­ral fer­tiliser (£9.97 for 10L). Dig up rooted run­ners from your cur­rent bed and cut oà the stems con­nect­ing them to the mother plants. Plant the run­ners in your new bed spaced 35cm (14in) apart with 75cm (30in) be­tween rows. The crown of the straw­berry should be nes­tled level with the soil sur­face. Wa­ter in well. You can leave the old bed to crop for another year to sup­ple­ment the new bed as it es­tab­lishes. Then dig up the old straw­ber­ries and grow some­thing else in their place.

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