A couple days ago, I weeded and mulched the raspberry and blueberry beds. Now it was time to clean up the strawberry beds for spring.
Last fall, I banked the strawberry beds with straw for the winter.
This month there were some plants that had poked their green heads above the straw...
...but most were compressed and yellowish from their winter dormancy.
So I carefully pulled off the straw to give the plants some much-needed sunshine.
I saw lots of earthworms, always a good sign.
I will mulch them with composted manure in a couple of weeks, after the plants have had a chance to straighten up and gain some strength.
Meanwhile the poles holding up the bird netting needed attention. The sticks were fine, but the string holding them together had rotted.
This structure was meant to be a temporary measure against marauding deer, but it's worked so well we'll keep it permanent. So I used baling twine, of which we have plentiful supply. Besides, this string will last in outdoor conditions for several years -- wonderful stuff.
Here the structure is firmly in place, with the protective bird netting draped over
Okay, strawberries, do your thing!