Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:41
I planted up loads of bare root strawberry plants in 2014 in 2 different varieties -Malwina and Sonata from pomona fruits.
They are in a raised bed but open to the earth below. I used budget homebase compost to fill.
The crop last year was plentiful & looked good but tasted awful so I was disappointed to say the least!
It wasnt warm last spring so Im hoping it was the weather.
However I've bought some bags of well rotted manure from the garden centre for my sweet peas and tiny veggy patch to dig in before planting.
Does anyone know if I can or should add a layer- like a mulch to my existing strawberry beds? I thought that might improve the flavour but wasnt sure about it sitting on top and being close to the fruit as might have unfriendly bacteria?
I havent used straw ( I heard it adds weeds) or matts (I avoid plastic at all costs) before and have been content with low level of splash back on fruits.
If not this has anyone else had this issue? and how did they solve it?