Harvesting the strawberries

We have been enjoying luscious strawberries from the allotment over the past couple of weeks - if you are lucky your harvest will last around three weeks.  

The plants were given to me last autumn and in early spring we dug some well rotted manure around our strawberry patch.  Once the flowers appear it is a good idea to put straw round your strawberries so that the fruits when they form will be kept off the soil.  Strawberries on the soil may rot.  Netting is also a good idea to keep little beaks from stealing your fruits. Slugs also love strawberries.  Please see 'Organic garden update: dealing with the pesky slugs' http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/organic-garden-update-dealing-with_8.html Pick the strawberries when they are red and juicy with the calyx which can be removed just before eating.  

Once all your strawberries have been harvested remove the straw, cut off any old leaves and trim the stalks to about 3 inch above the ground.  

If you have a glut of strawberries, you might want to try out this recipe for strawberry shortcake sundaes.  Please see


Janet x

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