|Strawberry plant in position|
By contrast all the 5+ year old plants removed from the old-gone-wild strawberry bed were woody and had only a few leaves, with an odd flower here and there, I am beginning to see why commercial growers replace them every few years. I must reserve a bale of straw with Mike now for what we hope will be a sunny warm strawberry season, the straw will help to keep them warm and clean as the fruit ripen. I know the mypex is supposed to do the same thing but this is bio-degradable stuff and believe me it biodegrades at speed!!
|Bed finished, Will there be another?|
Seamus added three pine berry plants in at the end. He bought some last year at Bloom but they produced nothing and just runner-ed off in every direction. This year the plants look more promising and have started to flower so hopefully I might get to actually taste a pine berry and tell you all about it in June! In the meantime the only question is wither to put in another strawberry bed. Are they worth the space for what can be a very short cropping period? maybe if they can be covered to keep the birds and the rain out. I have added this little excerpt from Wikipedia about Pine berries if you are curious to know more about them.
|Pine berries-photo from de Internet|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Pineberry is a strawberry cultivar publicised in Germany in April, 2009, as Ananaserdbeere, or pineapple strawberry. It is a hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis, originating in South America and Fragaria virginiana, originating in North America. "The fruit flesh can range from soft white to orange and is very fragrant with a slight pineapple flavor," said Greg Goddard, the co-Creator. The plant is disease resistant, but is not very profitable. Due to small-scale farming, small berry size and low yield crop, the Pineberry has been marketed to European restaurants, bakeries and wholesale markets. It is also grown in Belize.
The berry has been dubbed the Pineberry for the UK market where it will soon be available. White strawberries are not rare; garden supply stores in the UK have other white varieties of strawberry called White Soul and White Delight. Unlike the pineberry, these however are Fragaria vesca cultivars; the strawberries these plants produce are generally smaller and more fragrant.
Pineberries were bred from a species of South American wild strawberry, but was nearly extinct until 2003, when a group of Dutch farmers banded together to save the plant. When ripe, it is almost completely white, but with red seeds. A pineberry is smaller than a common strawberry, measuring between 15 to 23 mm. They are grown in greenhouses, growing on coir like other strawberries. Pineberries begin life as green berries, then become slightly white. By the time its deeply set seeds turn deep red, the white fruit is deemed ripe.