Strawberries are one of the best things you will ever grow. Easy and rewarding, there are only two main things to keep on top of this time of the year...picking and eating!!!
(May need to net to stop birds and small children getting there first)
They grow in most soil types once well drained and sunny. They benefit from a bit of TLC in the form of good compost over the winter and removing excess runners so the plants have room to grow.
I like to grow different varieties that you buy normally as this is one of the main reason to grow your own fruit and veg. I am currently trying three new varieties, Fenella, Elegance and Hapil. The first two are great, good sized fruit with great flavor...not decided on favorite yet. Hapil is not proving to be so good, fruit is small and not as sweet. More tasting required!!!
I tend to take some runners off healthy plants to replace old plants and start new areas also. My plan is to try some under a cold frame I will build next year to have earlier strawberries and this will be a nice winter project to be looking forward to the summer sun and these red, juicy treasures.
Here is a pic of last nights haul....didn't make it past breakfast!!!