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Post by freebird on 19th May 2017, 12:16 pm

First strawberries!

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Post by Chilli-head on 19th May 2017, 1:27 pm

Ooh. Are they in the open ground, or forced ?

We have had a few from a strawberry planter kept in the greenhouse over winter. It has been quite a while since I visited the outdoor ones at the lotty, and their netting is still sitting on my workbench waiting to go over them, so I hope they aren't ready yet ! Job for the weekend.
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Post by freebird on 19th May 2017, 4:03 pm

They are in the greenhouse, as I decided to try Ploshkin's idea of using ever bearers in containers in the greenhouse. My outdoor ones aren't far behind though - a few just showing a pink flush.
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Post by Ploshkin on 19th May 2017, 4:07 pm

Ooh well done Freebird, was that in the greenhouse? I don't think mine will be long, they're a good size but no pink tinge yet. We had the first pick before the end of May last year.
I've got carrots ready in the polytunnel but haven't had any yet.
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Post by Ploshkin on 19th May 2017, 4:08 pm

My ooh coincided with Chilli Heads so you've answered my question. I'm pleased that the gh one's have worked out.
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Post by FloBear on 20th May 2017, 10:13 am

I had my first strawberry yesterday. It had two tiny slugs burrowing in from underneath but it was a big fruit so I cut off the unwanted bits and ate the rest! They are in a raised bed and netted but not sure how to stop the soil beasties from attacking them.
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Post by Ploshkin on 20th May 2017, 11:37 am

In the polytunnel last year I used 2 applications of nematodes. I can't say how well they worked because it was my first year of growing in there so nothing to compare it with. But, I didn't have a big slug problem. I do also use the type of slug pellets that get taken down into the soil and are not damaging to other animals but only to let very young plants or seedlings establish.
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Post by Chilli-head on 20th May 2017, 1:53 pm

FloBear wrote:I had my first strawberry yesterday. It had two tiny slugs burrowing in from underneath but it was a big fruit so I cut off the unwanted bits and ate the rest! They are in a raised bed and netted but not sure how to stop the soil beasties from attacking them.

This is a bother when trying to be organic. Impossible to keep birds off without netting strawberrries, beetroot seedlings, brassica etc. And mesh to keep carrot root fly and these days leek moth off. But then the netting keeps the birds off the slugs and caterpillars too. And it becomes a bit of an effort to weed, taking the netting off and putting it back again.
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Post by Dandelion on 20th May 2017, 10:57 pm

My strawberries have straw underneath to keep the fruit off the soil, organic slug pellets sprinkled around and netting over the top to keep birds off. You can buy mats to put underneath the plants to use instead of straw (they have a hole in the middle, and a slit from one side to the hole so you wriggle the plant through the slit until the main stem coincides with the hole) I was just thinking - I wonder if you could make your own mats from something abrasive like sandpaper which would discourage the slugs?
The two other things I use against slugs are copper rings (expensive to start with, but once you've bought them they last for a lifetime!) and also grit - I borrow some of the hens' oystershell grit and make a barrier round vulnerable plants.

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Post by Ploshkin on 22nd May 2017, 9:08 am

I had my first potatoes out of the polytunnel yesterday - delicious. Rocket again, grown in manhole rings as I did last year. It seems to work that way and they don't take up much space so I'll carry on with that.
Lots of strawberries with a pink tinge now, it must be the good vibes coming from here.
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Post by Ploshkin Today at 2:26 pm

Had potatoes, carrots and strawberries out of the polytunnel yesterday. It's quite challenging keeping up with watering in there at the moment - it's been up to 42°c every day this week, even the self watering baskets have needed filling every day (but I'm not complaining).
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