Don't Do A James

Gardener:Old Mangakino Orchard (McCallum's Garden)

Date:30 Nov 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

Doing a James is what I refer to as getting stuck in and excited about something new and in all the enthusiam neglecting to do some general research.

This year we have tried Strawberries for about the fourth year and in the past had pretty poor results. I blogged earlier about how great these are doing in the greenhouse and I got really excited about our future strawberry field where we would have endless supplies of this delicous fruit. I can still picture the field.

This is the first year the strawberries have been in and I noticed some runners. Straight away I was onto rooting these in their own  little pots and before long I had 27 new plants all potted up. The dollar savings got me even more excited. 

In all this excitement, I failed to see that they had stopped flowering and after a bit of research, I found that you should remove the runners in the first year to promote fruiting and propagate them in year 2 or 3. 

Needless to say, I have started removing them. The photo on the top right is all the extra runners that I cut off separate to the plants we potted up. I'm hoping that if I keep removing them from now, the plants will start flowering again because the strawberries we have had so far were amazing. 

So as a James, I thoroughly recommend that you do not "do a James" and maybe do just a wee bit of research. 

Don't Do A James