• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 29: put straw around the strawberries

Mulching with straw around strawberries prevents them rotting and keeps the slugs off.


I always shuffle straw around my strawberries once they are in flower. This keeps the fruit off the ground where they can rot if it gets too wet. It also helps keep the hungry slugs at bay. It is a good idea to net the strawberries now too or the birds will beat you to the harvest.



You can often get straw from the pet isle in supermarkets. You can also use gravel, I have propped the developing fruit up on small stones in the past.


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