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Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:44

Hi Boater

With regard to your final paragraph - I definately seem to be falling into the 'rambling strawberry patch' category.  Am hoping that my later varieties will start to flower shortly.

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 15:34

When starting my strawb bed I bought a selection of early, mid and late varieties.  In its third year this year (so I am expecting the crop to lessen next year), however all the varieties seem to be fruiting at the same time!  I know that some of the plants have 'walked' via runners but I dont hold out much hope for a particularly late crop.

Second strawb bed started last year ready to take over from the first one.

Have been picking a good few lbs worth every other day for the past few weeks but they seem to have slowed down dramatically in the last week or so.

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:27

I, too, treat mine mean.  Forget to water them until they look a bit shrivelled and then give them a good soaking.  Also ideal in a baking hot conservatory

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:07

Our town has its annual 'Party in the Park' tonight.  Our allotment is about 50 yards away from the venue.  As its such a lovely evening we plan to sit on the allotment, take a couple of bottles of prosecco and a tub of Roddas clotted cream and pick stawbs whilst listening to the music (free of charge!).

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:12

Thanks - Have been looking at some lovely recipes (I think I know what everyone is going to get for Christmas in that case!)

Lost garden tools

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:11

I lose them too, but its often the dog that picks up the trowel/fork/gloves that I have carefully put to one side, when I am not looking, takes them away and then lies on them

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:58

hi Shedman, I posted a very similar post a few weeks ago.  I have sorted the slug/snail problem c/o some organic pellets and the damage seems to have minimalised dramatically (the recent dry weather probably helps too).

I am now filling one of those ply fruit boxes every other day with strawbs - far too many for my and the hubby to eat so we are giving some away to friends and family and the rest to a friend who is a local publican (in exchange for a couple of free meals at the end of the season!).  They will be able to say that the strawberries are local (about 800 food yards!).

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:52

Hi - I have had one of these in my kitchen for a few years (its now huge) and use it when I burn myself taking things out of the oven.  Just snap off the end of a spike and squeeze the gel-type substance onto the burn.  I have very sensitive skin and this doesnt cause any irritability.  You will find that it will produce babies like crazy (everyone I know has had these given to them!)  A previous one of mine (which was a very old) did actually flower before it died.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 07:54

Great to hear Bilje!  All mine are looking great, particularly the ones I have strategically placed in pots against a huge (about 3 1/2 foot tall) scented leafed pink geranium which is flowering its socks off at the moment.  The contrast against the pink flowers of the geranium and the black aeonium look fab.

Sparrows on a Hot Tin (Conservatory ) Roof

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 15:02

I have just 'obtained' a very fat pigeon who loves to sit in the bird bath for ages, not letting any other birds in and having such a lovely time that there is no water left by the time he leaves.  I then have to refill so the others get a look in.

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