My name is Katie and I have a strawberry addiction!
Strawberries were the first plants I have ever grown myself, and this was when I was 22 years old. My dad had just been given his very own allotment plot and I was officially put in charge of a strawberry bed, like an over excited child I painted up a little picket fence to surround them and waited for those juicy red balls of deliciousness to arrive. Only for a big fat rat to eat them all! And not even that… the rat left a trail of lovely plump strawberries leading to the compost bin and thats where we found a pile of them left uneaten. I was simply gutted, so after turfing the rats out of the plot and securing the bottoms of the compost bins we built a wire fortress around my strawberry bed so we could atleast enjoy some of the strawberries that had been left. That year we enjoyed a mere bowlful of strawberries, but like most things in life, we learn’t from out mistakes. Last year on my dads plot we built a raised bed, lined the bottom with chicken wire and built a removable cage for the top. Success!
Now I have my own plot I am the proud owner of two wonderful raised beds which each have 24 strawberry runners planted inside, thats a grand total of 50 strawberry plants which equals a bumper crop next year (fingers crossed!) I plan on making jam using one bed, but thats only if I don’t keep eating them as soon as they ripen!
On another note, something has been eating my french bean plants! I suspect deer are the culprits which makes my plans of a picket fence around my plot even more important. I do love you deer, but please stop eating my yummy french beans 🙂