It can really get on my goat when the grow your own and save yourself money marketing brigade continue to thrust their [not so] ideal[s] upon the ordinary Joe punter gardener. Let me put this in context, when a bag of compost costs €6 and the strawberry plants cost €3 and you or I may get less than a punnet of fruit…. That would cost about €3 anyway…. My point ? Logic. Versus that, maybe I’m the muppet and the marketing garden guru’s are the smarty pants ?
The alternative versus that, is when you can get your plants for free and maybe three or four strawberries per plant…. now we’re sucking diesel and now the grow your own is saving us some money.
These plants are exactly that. Free. Or at the very least starting to pay for themselves.
What happens is very simple. And in simple terms, little runners are sent out by the mother plant with, what were described to me along time ago as umbilical chords and plants on the end of them
Read this post for further ‘botanical’ information on the Strawberry plant.
There are loads of shoots on my plants at the moment, but I’ve tended to only pick the ones with some roots on the end. The photograph at the top had landed itself in with the turnips and hence the roots, but from then on a closer inspection is required.
I very simply pinched out the central buds, if there were any and popped them into a wee little pot of compost.
From there they went into the greenhouse and apart from a little throw my eye over them now and again, they should be just fine.
Short and sweet as it sounds that’s my strawberries looked after for next year.
Let me know how you get on. Any problems just leave a comment below.