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04/11/2012 at 12:56

When is the right time to put straw around the strawberry plants. I have a small strawberry patch 40 plants in my allottment and I took up the old straw after I had harvested this years crop. I have now dug up and replanted the plants and they are looking very well so I think straw distribution timing is probably critical??

04/11/2012 at 13:05

Definitely not now-it is not needed

Straw is put round the plants at fruiting time-in the Summer- to slightly warm the soil but mostly from stopping soil plashes spoiling the fruit

 

04/11/2012 at 13:05

The only reason for putting straw around strawberry plants is to keep the fruit off the ground to stop it getting wet, muddy and mouldy.  Therefore  you don't need to put straw back down until the fruits are forming in the summer. 

04/11/2012 at 13:06

Snap! Geoff 

04/11/2012 at 13:35

I usually have mine in long plastic troughs so they are raised from the ground - it works for me when space is at a premium.  This year, however, the wet weather seemed to make them mouldy -    such a shame.  Hopefully, sun shine next year.

04/11/2012 at 17:28

What a fantastic response. Gives me plenty of confidence thank you

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