Kitchen Garden

ON THE VEG PATCH

STRAWBERRIES

Delicious red berries are ripening on plants this month. Cover with netting so birds can’t eat the fruit and raise this up so they can’t peck through the mesh. You can use straw to mulch between plants and keep fruits clean, but this can encourage slugs and snails to hide underneath. A good option is to support fruit clusters with twiggy sticks pushed into the ground. This won’t deter molluscs altogether but it does help a lot.

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