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Strawberry Mulch

JenniB83JenniB83 South LondonPosts: 42
I was given some strawberry plants recently and planted them in some hanging baskets, the fruit has started to develop so I would like to mulch. Can you use any type of straw\hay or is there a specific type. Also what else could you use as mulch for strawberries?

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  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    When you say "mulch", do you mean you want to protect the compost from drying out, feed it etc or just protect the fruit?

    If it's the latter, you mulch with hay (or anything similar, even black plastic if necessary) simply to keep the fruit off the ground and away from slugs, damp etc so it won't get eaten or rot. 

    So if your strawberries are in hanging baskets, just let the fruit dangle off the side and in the air. And if your garden is anything like mine, you'll successfully prevent slugs from getting your strawberries so they're nice and juicy for the birds and squirrels to eat.  :o
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,077
    Yes - I doubt you need to worry too much if they're in baskets @JenniB83, unless your slugs have bungees  ;)
    Having said that - they climb our house walls here, despite them being made of crushed shell, so make sure nothing is touching a wall if you can manage it!

    Some people use those little black mats, which can be used for all sorts of veg, too, but I'm not convinced about those. Wood shavings are quite good too, and easier to get sometimes
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JenniB83JenniB83 South LondonPosts: 42
    Thanks for the super quick responses 😊
    @strelitzia32 yes it is to protect the fruit from the surface. When I planted I tried to angle over the sides but the strawberries have decided they wanted to grow in-wards  😐
    @Fairygirl I wouldn't be surprised if they could bungee 😂
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,252
    @Fairygirl @JenniB83 Oh they can bungee.. though this type would not be interested in your strawberries, especially not right at this moment!

  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    @Skandi what in the hell is that! A slug hanging off a mucus trail or something? That's horrible!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,077
    edited May 2020
    It's how they get 'friendly' with each other  :D

    @JenniB83 - are they the baskets with the holes at the sides? It might be better to plant through holes in the sides. They would perhaps grow down if planted that way?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JenniB83JenniB83 South LondonPosts: 42
    @Skandi That pic is what nightmares are made of 😰
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,252
    To be fair to the slugs in the picture, they are leopard slugs which are harmless, they only eat rotting material.
    But sorry for the mollusc porn and derailing the thread!:smiley:
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