Temperatures are dropping. Nightly lows are consistently in the low 30's. It is time to put the strawberries to bed for the winter....snugly tucked in beneath a blanket of straw. I have read that strawberries can tolerate frost, but when temperatures dip into the 20's, they need a bit of insulation. I set out to do this task earlier this week. As usual, I had lots of help.
Tom Tom, in his typical fashion was in the midst of the action.
Sadie scowled and reminded him not to play with sharp objects.
Is there anything more fun than wrestling with a bunch of twine?
Of course.....wrestling with your brother!!
Eight bales of straw later, all of the plants were safely tucked away. Amazingly, some still have blossoms. You've gotta love those ever-bearing strawberries...they produce for months and months.
Five or so months from now, I will remove this straw, do a spring weeding and transplant this year's runners.....ensuring the health of the strawberry patch for yet another year.
We love our strawberries. Most become "low sugar" preserves that we add to our homemade yogurt....yummy!