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Our Summer catalogue will be mailed from July and contains over 330 varieties of vegetable seed for summer and autumn sowing as well as vegetable and herb plants, fruit and autumn planting onions sets and garlic. Due to high demand we have a limited amount of catalogues available and they will be prioritized on a first come first served basis. Once stocks have run out requests will be held until our Autumn mailing in September. Thanks for your understanding.
Is there any taste so evocative of warm summer days than freshly picked strawberries? Delivered as A+ grade bare root runners (unless otherwise stated).
A+ grade plants are grown through the summer months and covered with fleece in the beginning for added protection – only plants with a 15mm+ diameter size fall into this grade. They are characterised by having very well developed root systems and, on average, will go on to produce 3-4 trusses per plant, which in turn will help to generate more flowers and fruit – 400g+ of berries per plant!
The excellent cultivated forms of strawberry we enjoy today are relative newcomers; for centuries our three native European species were gathered from the wild. The most common of these, Fragaria vesca, was the first to be brought into gardens during the Middle Ages, while the alpine strawberry was not brought into cultivation until the 1700s. Read more
How To Grow Strawberries
Despite the luscious fruits they produce from early summer onwards, strawberries are remarkably easy to grow and manage, and are also totally hardy in the UK.
Before planting it is important to ensure the ground is as free of perennial weeds as possible. Trying to remove them after planting often results in root damage to the strawberry plants. The incorporation of well-rotted organic matter into the soil a few weeks before planting will be beneficial, as will the application of a good quality, granular, general purpose fertiliser immediately prior to planting.
Strawberries are best grown in full sun, but they will tolerate light shade. They do well in a wide range of soil types, provided they are well drained and hold sufficient organic matter. Water new plants while they are getting established, and water all plants well during dry spells. Always water them from below and not from above to prevent the crown of the plant from rotting.
Common Strawberry Diseases
Verticillium Wilt VT – Foliage wilts in hot weather. Lower leaves turn yellow. Brown streaks run through stem tissue. There is no chemical treatment. Show less