Friday, August 14

Running amok

Many of you will know that this year, in April, we planted lots of new strawberry plants in two separate beds.
We didn't expect them to produce much in the way of fruit and it was just as well that we didn't have great expectations as  they didn't.

The plants have, however grown really well and have been productive in another way.  They have been producing runners by the bucket load - literally.
I don't want plants to waste energy producing new plants and so have been cutting the runners off. The plants are determined to outrunner me and produce more as soon as I turn my back.
The plants do look well though and if all goes well and the weather is kind maybe we will have a strawberry bounty next year.

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  1. My new strawberry bed was hopeless this year, but there are runners going everywhere as you say. Can't keep up with them. There had better be a lot of strawberries next year to make up for it!

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    1. I think we will both have more next year CJ

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  2. All my plants did not survive the Winter. Yours are amazing though! Just look at the beautiful plants you have there, so many and so healthy looking.

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    1. Ours haven't had a winter outdoors yet Debs do I hope they come through OK. In the past strawberries have been hardy enough

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  3. My strawberries do the same thing. It is annoying that they won't stop setting more runners. I haven't cut them back in a couple of weeks and I see them draping down the wall again.

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    1. You would think that they would get the message wouldn't you Daphne?

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  4. Your plants have done really well, they do look green and lush! I tend to let a few runners set, is this not advisable? xxx

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    1. Our plants are newly planted this year and I want them to put all their strength into the maim plant, Dina, Also I certainly don't want more plants. If I want more plants next year to replace any that die I will let some growm

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  5. Looking great!! Mine did not produce many this year and i am trying madly to find a variety whose flavour i really like. So far i have tried six different varieties and they just don't taste like a good, old -fashioned strawb. Maybe it it our soil or growing conditions but it is a great disappointment so far. I have googled for hours to see what other people recommend but their taste buds must be different from mine:)

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    1. Do you water then a lot, sweffling as that can wash out the flavour and lack of sun year won't have helped, Lots of rain during fruiting also makes the flavour more wishy washy but that w
      will have hardly been the case this year unless you have had a lot more rain than us,

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  6. I think I'd like a strawberry bed much easier than growing in pots. Yours is looking really well x

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  7. That's an interesting lesson for me. I've been looking for strawberry seedling or plant to be grown on my garden. The only one planter box that full of strawberries have been empty since february. The down pour have destroyed all my strawberry plants.

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  8. Your plants look wonderful & healthy. I have to get into my strawberry bed as well - I had some good intentions of cutting back all those runners, but have instead let it run wild since the harvest ended.

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  9. Your strawberry plants look so lovely and healthy! It inspires me to keep working at my small patch of strawberries.

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