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After watching GW last Friday, I'm now confused about how / where to put my strawberry plants!! I knew that the plants only have a 3-4 year lifespan and should be replaced after this time, but Monty said NOT to plant them in the same spot year after year? I never knew this. Does anyone else move their strawberry plants every year, or just leave them where they are, and replace every 3-4 years ? Any advice is gratefully appreciated, as I will soon be planning and digging my fruit garden, to include 2 dozen strawberry plants I have waiting to go in !! I've only ever grown strawberries in pots before, so putting them in the ground will be new to me anyway.
Well, I've had a dedicated strawb bed for eons. Monty's advice is, no doubt, based on the notion that replanting anything in the same patch can lead to a build-up of unfriendly nasties. I find that refreshing a dedicated patch each season looks after the build-up problem.
Just wondered how do you refresh a dedicated patch? I thought I may as well transplant some of the younger plants from my patch and create a new patch that has had compost and mulching material added also a good scattering of chicken manure pellets. The old patch has become very congested and the slugs and snails hide in there. A good all round clean-up of debri is needed I think,where did I put my gardening gloves?
You can borrow mine. I refresh a patch by digging in fresh compost, soil, etc, every season.