Delicious strawberries are one of life's pleasures, and some say that they taste even better if you grow them yourself. In this short video, Gill Oliver shares with us her tips on improving your crop, and keeping away nasty pests.
I'm going to talk to you today about how to grow strawberries. This is one method of planting, which is through a weed-suppressant membrane. This allows the moisture to get through, and it also keeps the moisture in around the plants but keeps the weeds down, so the strawberries aren't competing for anything.
As you can see, these strawberries are really setting fruit nice and early because they're in a poly tunnel here. They can also be grown outside, and you can use this method outside as well. What you need to do is to make sure that you prick off any dead leaves, and also any runners.
Strawberries produce their own baby plants throughout the season, but obviously, you don't want the energy going into producing more babies, you want the energy to go into producing more fruit. If you do however, want to use those babies, you would just make a little incision in the membrane, and peg
down the runner, and that will then root into the soil and produce you another plant. They need to be watered well, and obviously, be careful of pests and diseases.
Slugs do tend to like strawberries, slugs and snails, and also birds, so if you're planting them outside, you do need to protect all of your soft fruit from the birds, because they will decimate it given half a chance. There are many different varieties of strawberry. This is a very popular variety called Elsanta, and it's a nice heavy cropping strawberry.
They also need to be fed well; you need to put in a nice sort of organic matter into the soil. Lots of well-rotted manure, they like that. And if you're growing them outside, you can also actually put straw in and amongst the strawberries, again, to keep in the moisture and to help deter the pests from getting to your strawberries.
And that's how you grow strawberries. Delicious strawberries are one of life's pleasures, and some say that they taste even better if you grow them yourself. In this short video, Gill Oliver shares with us her tips on improving your crop, and keeping away nasty pests.