What to do on a wet March weekend, with hail falling between the snatches of sunshine, other than think about strawberries. Here’s the problem: I’ve grown strawberries in pots for twenty odd years and had reasonable results. Never enough to make jam but enough to enjoy the pleasures of home grown fruit. Here’s how they looked a few years ago:
Healthy plants, lots of flowers, developing into a nice little collection of strawberries to eat. Since then they’ve been ravaged by vine weevil, which eat the roots and destroy the plants. They also killed off my blueberry plants. Last summer the strawberries were pretty dismal so today I was trying to decide what to do about them. Do I persevere with the pots, emptying them out, replacing all the compost, starting new runners, liberally sprinkling with biological controls? Or do I give up growing them in pots and start a strawberry bed somewhere in the garden, with all the risks of slugs and marauding cats?
I couldn’t decide today and got as far as ordering a bulk order of potting compost, which I’ll need anyway for tomatoes and things, and could use to restock the pots but I’m beginning to feel that it’s a lost cause.
Has anyone out there successfully dealt with vine weevil? Answers on a postcard please!