Extending the season

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    Sahira Ward
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    Hi Charles

    Please can you tell me if it is worth fleecing my 5ft x 21ft strawberry bed. A few weeks ago I cut them all back and many of the plants have started to flower again and are setting fruit. I don’t know if fleecing them would block out too much light, if you would fleece what type do you recommend.

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    Sahira

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    charles
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     I think you have summer strawberries rather than perpetual, and they are unlikely to have enough fine weather to develop and ripen fruit now so I would not bother with fleece. It is true that fleece keeps some light off and this makes more difference in sombre autumn days than bright spring ones. I just noticed today how some fleeced Red Frills mustard is paler than the unfleeced.
    If we have the promised lovely September, your fruit may ripen in October but I have found the flavour is less exciting then, from a lack of sun and sweetness.

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    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Thank you for your advice

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