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  • Rachel
    May 7, 2019

    Do you have any tips for dealing with possums eating the strawberries other than netting? Thanks

    • May 8, 2019

      Hi Rachel
      Soil and plant vitality is the best way for dealing with any insects or animals that eat crops. Strong crops tend to be much less of target for any plant eating animals or insects. Nature destroys and then recycles what is weak so poor soil or lack of garden care (say not enough watering) will attract animals. I use companion planting of onion family to reduce insects such as slugs. Managing soil and plant vitality requires many consistent steps over a year and its not a bandaid fix. Perhaps for this season you cover the crops to keep animals off and then get stuck into improving your soil. I have grown strawberries for many years with no covering at all in areas where lots of native animals live and I experienced little or no crop loss. My best tactic is using biodynamic soil and plant preparations not only on the strawb patch but also on the surrounding grass and garden space of our land.

  • Rachel
    May 9, 2019

    Thanks Peter, I appreciate your reply. I will get to work on the soil. Also I have a small patch of onion weed in the strawberry bed, I’m planning to apply some 40:1 apple cider vinegar and see how that goes. Pulling it out only appears to make it multiply. Cheers Rachel

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