Q How should I grow alpine strawberries?
Ian Mitchell, by email A Alpine strawberries are quite tiny compared with garden strawberries, but what they lack in size they make up in intense flavour. They’re suitable for containers, such as troughs, which can be sited in a little shade. Add up to a third of sharp sand to the compost to open it up and provide good drainage. Incorporate some Vitax Q4 fertiliser. Plant up in May, spacing plants about 30cm (12in) apart and feed occasionally with tomato feed. Plants usually crop well for two summers before succumbing to virus infection, so it’s a good idea to have a regular programme of seed sowing to keep young plants coming.
Alpine strawberries pack quite a punch in a small package