Three days, two pairs of hands, one strawberry bed!

On Friday we had a day off and went to the allotment. Sue of the glorious tomatoes gave us a tray of strawberry runners and the idea was born – build a strawberry bed. First we chose a place in full sun, then we made the frame from decking.

On Saturday we dug out the turf under it. Then we filled it with a mixture of soil and well rotted compost.

On Sunday we planted our strawberries!

It's amazing what you can achieve in a weekend ... if you don't mind a few blisters!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, September 1, 2008


OpenID coffeeandapplepie said...

Hi! I've got a couple of strasberry beds, and they are wonderful! Keeps them contained and picking the strawberries fresh...ideal! Great, as you can heavily mulch the area too....enjoy the fruits of your labour next year! Cat x

September 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

Yes, I suspect bigger styled beds such as this for strawberries are a far better idea than the hanging basket approach I used last year. The baskets just weren't big enough to retain water for a long period, and so without a dedicated water system, were a waste of time.

Problem is I've not got enough room for beds like that, unless I lose some lawn (which might be tempting).

September 2, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Cat, I hope we will.

Mark, you can make strawberry towers, which work really well - you simply use the wood to make a tall chimney but have holes cut in the sides to which you fit small boxes of wood and then put the strawberry runners in each little box - the strawberries hang out of the sides and the roots go deep into the soil in the chimney.

If you line it with black plastic before putting in the soil and cut holes in the plastic where the boxes are, it's much better at retaining moisture.

September 4, 2008 at 2:06 AM  

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