In an attempt to keep slugs and snails at bay I have given up planting strawberries in the ground. I have two large vintage hanging baskets that I have planted with some, although the baskets are so heavy I’m putting them on top of things rather than actually hanging them up. The other plants are in wooden barrels with copper tape protection so that any molluscs that attempt the climb will get a nasty shock. Come fruiting time I will need to add some netting to keep the birds from helping themselves and with any luck we might just have a decent crop.
I’m not a huge fan of summer displays in hanging baskets, except for growing salad, strawberries and tomatoes, but nonetheless I do find them fantastically useful and buy old ones whenever I see them.
© Michelle Garrett
• They are perfect for positioning over newly planted plants so you don’t tread on them by mistake
• Will stop cats rolling on catmint
• Prevent squirrels from digging up bulbs
• Used with fleece will keep snow off vulnerable plants
• Antique wirework hanging baskets are attractive enough to be garden decorations in their own right
Peas, soaked overnight and sown in a length of gutter
Two brackets attached to the greenhouse shelf are used to hold the gutter sown with peas
Pots of Mara de Bois strawberries, overwintered in the coldframe, have been tidied and top dressed with fish blood and bone in readiness for an early greenhouse crop
Autumn-sown cornflowers are growing in modules ready to go out in the garden in a few weeks time
The sword-like Astelia leaves look wonderful in the low afternoon sun
As strawberries finish producing, cut back the old foliage, remove runners, give a top dressing of compost or fish, blood and bone and some fresh mulch.
Keep harvesting those courgettes before they turn in to torpedoes.
Take your secateurs with you whenever you are out in the garden and you can deadhead as you wander.