Feb 18th, 2012
My Pineberry plants arrived. Ten of them in total, in a teeny tiny little bag inside a teeny box. When I unwrapped them I found out why. They are indeed like small Strawberries. Each was no more than four or five centimetres long.
I planted them straight away in the sunniest part of the garden, in a patch that I manured in Autumn. They should like it there. I had a few spare so I planted the extra ones in a large terracotta pot and put it underneath my Grapevine on the South-facing wall. They’ll probably need some watering when Summer comes.
Here are the basics on how to grow them.
Courtesy of Mow it, Sow it, Grow it.
How to plant
- Prepare the soil by digging over, removing any perennial weeds and adding manure.
- Place the Pineberry plants every 30cm in rows that are 30 cm apart.
- Plant with the crown at soil level and water well.
- Check the plants every other day during the ripening period.
- Regularly hoe between the rows and individual plants.
Caring for Pineberries
- From May place straw in the rows and under the fruit to suppress weeds and prevent the fruit lying on the ground. This also keeps snails at bay!
- If you can’t get straw use polythene sheeting.
- Well rotted horse manure applied just after winter and once more just before growing will ensure a great crop.
- Pick regularly to encourage growth.
So, they’re in. The newest addition to My Tiny Plot – Pineberries.
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