something very rewarding about growing your own food and one
of the juiciest home grown delights are strawberries.
Preparing the Soil
Autumn is a great time to plant strawberries and the first
job is to prepare the soil. Find a sunny position where the
strawberries will get plenty of direct sunlight. Strawberries
love a rich soil, so dig in plenty of organic fertiliser.
5 in 1® Organic Plant Food is just the ticket for
healthy strawberry plants and a bountiful crop of juicy strawberries.
To improve drainage, form the soil into raised mounds about
2 foot wide.
The next important tip is to mulch the soil well. Use high
quality mulch such as Searles® Premium Garden Mulch. This will help
protect the soil from drying out, helps maintain a cooler
root system and feeds for approximately 3 months, right through
to fruiting time.
Planting and Watering
When planting out, select healthy runners and plant each about
1 foot apart. Give them a good watering straight away. Strawberries
will need watering about every 2-3 days, except when it has
been raining. They don't like to dry out and they will not
tolerate over wet conditions either.
To produce the much-loved juicy strawberry, they need regular
fertilising. Being a fruit, strawberries respond extremely
well to a high potassium fertiliser, such as Searles® Liquid
Potash. Fertilise every 2 weeks with the Liquid Potash up
until fruit set.
remember, for sweet & juicy strawberries
Improve soil with 5 in 1®
Mulch with Searles® Premium Garden Mulch
Water regularly & fertilise every 2 weeks with
Searles® Liquid Potash
you do this, in 10-12 weeks you'll be munching on some deliciously
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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