Regular readers of this blog (poor misguided souls that you are) will probably be aware that we have a healthy number of strawberry plants which produce a pleasing number of berries from early Spring, through to late summer. I seem to think that at last count we had in the region of around 120 plants which Middle Mudlet thought was more than enough and any more would just be plain greedy.
As I was going about my bed clearing, I noticed that, as usual, my strawberry plants had been busy sending out runners, some of which were now rooted into one of the beds and others were trying to root through and into the gravel path. Strawberries, though not exactly what I would call invasive (they’re simply not fast enough to be termed that in my book) will happily colonise the area in which they live, over a number of years. Please note though that it is generally accepted that where there is a designated strawberry bed, the plants will need to be moved on to a new bed every 3 years or so to prevent pests and diseases building up. I grow mine in pots and so this isn’t really an issue for me, as the compost is renewed regularly. Continue reading