Plant straw­ber­ries

Gardeners' World - - Fruit & Veg -

New straw­berry run­ners planted now will pro­duce a de­cent crop next year and a bumper crop the year af­ter. They’ll need plenty of sun and good drainage to do well. Use a land­scape mem­brane for long-term weed con­trol. Put sup­ported net­ting over the bed to keep birds from the ripen­ing fruit. You’ll need slug traps, too.

WEED the bed and add com­post be­fore firm­ing and rak­ing level. Pull taut and peg down a land­scape mem­brane over the area.

PULL apart the bun­dle of run­ners into sin­gle plants. Space them about 50cm apart on the bed in their plant­ing po­si­tions.

CUT small holes through the mem­brane, then plant the run­ners. Firm in, with the crown just above the sur­face. Wa­ter well.

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