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Not Sure About Putting Straw Down
by: Ellen

Hi,
This is my first year with a raised bed. I planted 8 Surecrop strawberries on the far end of the bed(appropriately spaced). A fellow community gardener suggested I put down straw so the berries don't rot. I've done this all around that end of the garden, but am now wondering if the shoots that grow out are supposed to take root in the soil . Wouldn't the straw inhibit that?

I've had several berries--delicious, but very small. I read another blog that said your first year with this variety, you should pinch-off the fruit anyway.

What is the truth of the matter?

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