Have you ever noticed how strawberry flowers stretch up way above the foliage?
|Did you notice the raggy butterfly at the top right corner?|
As the fruit develops, its weight makes the stalk begin to bend. The last flowers on the stalk still stick up above the leaves...just.
Once all the flowers are pollinated and the fruit is forming, the entire stalk disappears below the foliage where the birds can't see it.
They think the gardener can't see them either.
Something that worked
Way back in April I blogged about planting these strawberries. As mulch I used an old woolen blanket, cutting a cross where I wanted to plant. The straw in the photo blew away. However, the blanket is still there but lost under the strawberries.
I would definitely do this again. The blanket has kept the weeds down and I have only had to pull one or two that grew through the holes, right next to strawberries. The blanket allows both water and air through to the soil below and the plants have flourished.