bit of a novice when it comes to things in the garden, but we have a
planter about 3 feet high with strawberry plants in it.
I recall as a lad that we covered our strawberries in the ground with straw
during the winter to protect them frost [I think].
Do strawberries need protecting from the frost?
If so,any ideas on how to do it with this planter - it's far too large to
We live about 500 yards from the coast near Newcastle upon Tyne, and do get
Hereabouts, we can get down to -20C. Ground freezes in December, and
generally doesn't thaw out until March or even early April. Our
strawberries survive and multiply just fine. I don't think you'll have a
problem, but a loose burlap covering over the whole thing won't hurt.
Tie it at the bottom so the wind won't blow it away.
The straw is put under the plants, to prevent contact between berries
I'm in a US Zone 4 gardening area, and have grown strawberry's for
years. I find that putting some shreaded leaves on top of them in the
fall is good, but not necessary. The leaves help protect the plant
crowns from the freeze / thaw cycle in late winter / early spring, and
will decomose over the summer, which helps maintain the soil.
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Tnx to all for the advice. I think they will survive the winter without
special protection. the North East of England can get chilly / frosty but
usually not for long and a temperature of -5C is pretty extreme round our
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