potting up strawberry runners

November 3, 2009 at 9:20 am 1 comment

strawberry runnerAfter the late appearance of strawberries in September my strawberry plants are now happily throwing off runners to extend their family (and I discovered that’s why they hadn’t spread very much in the summer: few fruit = few runners).  Strawberries like rich soil but I didn’t have any potting compost at the allotment to bed the runners into.  Instead I used some of the freshly dug soil from planting the spring cabbages and mixed some chicken pellets into it.  I’m going to catch as many runners as I can to refresh the patch next year as I’ve read you shouldn’t keep strawberry plants for more than 4 years.  I think that’s about how old these plants were and although we moved them to a new site this year it wouldn’t hurt to start over again with their new plants.  In fact I may even set up another patch; well you can never have too many strawberries can you!  Sowing some more grazing rye as a cover crop wouldn’t be a bad idea to prepare a nursery bed.  If I can just decide where … strawberry runners close upStrawberry against sky 5th SeptThe sort of fruit we can look forward to next year (one of our autumn strawberries).

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