Posted: 09/06/2012 at 15:45
A couple of years ago as usual i put straw around my strawbeery plants but after a prolonged wet spell the slugs got across the wet straw a caused havoc with the crop.
My wife works in a local coffee shop and has access to empty 5Ltr tubs, I obtained some cut off the bottoms and discarded the lids and handles and put them round the plants before flowering, with the result that the flower stalks then grow upwards and when the fruit forms it hangs over the side of the tubs. This keeps the berries clean and slug free. Also they have the advantage of holding in the water in dry weather instead of it running over the rest of the plot.