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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Replacing strawberries. Reply with quote

I am growing strawbs in an old wheelbarrow, that has holes for drainage, crocks on the bottom, and was filled this time last year with a mixture of multipurpose compost and horticultural grit. On the top, I have some mypex, and a thin layer of grit. I never once saw slug damage, and the berries had a good place to ripen without rotting.

I helped a friend clear an old strawberry bed, and took a few plants as reward, but they didn't perform well (a few large berries, so I suspect they were just 3-4 year old plants), so I propagated some runners. These are in 9cm pots, and have been in an unheated polytunnel for the winter, so they are "1 year" plants.

The barrow can hold 5 plants. I have checked for vine weevil, and found no grubs. As the barrow only held strawbs for one season, I intend to replant it. Is this ok? How can I help my new plants along, apart from fish/blood/bone and seaweed feed? Should I just replant with something else? This is a photo of the first year, before I changed the compost (vine weevils), and added the mypex layer.



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