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Growing strawberries


by Jane Moore

Despite the dry conditions, my strawberries have been fantastic this year. I've got two beds with one variety growing in each - 'Florence' and 'Honeyoe'.


Strawberries in handIt's been very dry lately, so I've had to water my crops on a daily basis. The poor plants need every drop they can get as my allotment has turned into a dustbowl.

Despite the dry conditions, my strawberries have been fantastic this year. I've got two beds with one variety growing in each - 'Florence' and 'Honeyoe'. They've been in the ground for four years and are in their harvesting prime. Add to that plenty of sunshine and a timely dry spell that's keeping the slugs and snails at bay, and you've a recipe for a bumper crop.

It's the quality of the fruit that's so exceptional. The strawberries are evenly shaped, fat and well rounded, speckled with seeds and rosy with ripeness.

I ate loads as I picked them - I couldn't help it they looked so luscious. We'll probably eat a few with cream and sugar and the rest are destined to become jam. Strawberry jam is notoriously difficult to get to set properly, but I'm now well practised at the art and, thanks to 'Florence' and 'Honeyoe', I think my strawberry jam will gain something of a local reputation.



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Gardeners' World Web User 26/06/2009 at 18:37

I have my strawberry plants 6 off planted in four Strawberry pots, early season variety Marsh Mello. Fruited very well, fat evenly grown lovely juicy sweet strawbs. However I have noticed that the last few strawbs I have eaten have tasted quite bitter, I wondered why this may be, perhaps they are lacking something in the potting compost and if so, any thoughts on what I should feed them with?

Gardeners' World Web User 27/06/2009 at 09:02

Like you Jane a lot of our strawberries are turned into jam but we freeze them in 4lb lots and make the jam as we need it - we have a chest freezer. I don't mind that the jam doesn't set we just enjoy it as it is. It lasts longer as you cann't put too much on your scones or it runs off - great when you have greedy children in the house.

Gardeners' World Web User 27/06/2009 at 15:19

florence seems to be the strawberry of choice for taste - Hugh F-W and his guests voted it the tastiest on his show last week too. My plants gave out after two cropping seasons, and didn't make runners - what am I doing wrong?

Gardeners' World Web User 29/06/2009 at 16:08

Can anyone tell me why my strawberry plant has very little fruit and hardly any flowers, I haven't fed it could this be the reason?

Gardeners' World Web User 29/06/2009 at 21:33

If I trim off runners, wil I get a bigger crop? I'm growing 6 varieties in a growbag and have had some early success but now we just appear to be getting small berries. However there are lots of runners - they are everywhere. Can I just clip them to focus the energy into the existing fruits?

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