potting up strawberry runners
After 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 … The sort of fruit we can look forward to next year (one of our autumn strawberries).