How To Protect Strawberries In Winter
How to tuck in your strawberries for the winter December 17, 2020 So far, 2020 December temperatures have been slightly above average with very little snow across the state. For gardeners growing strawberries, this means you still have time to do one critical task.

What is the best way to protect strawberries?

What’s a gardener to do? – Rubber snakes and inflatable owls mimic natural predators, but they don’t work for long. Birds soon figure out that these stand-ins never move, so you need to change their position every few days, which can be quite a hassle.

Items that do move, like aluminum pie pans or old CDs hung from nearby branches, or Mylar tape fluttering from stakes, blow about and make scary reflections, but don’t tend to work very well. Undoubtedly the most effective way to protect strawberries from birds is to drape the strawberry patch with bird netting, an inexpensive plastic mesh with ¼-inch holes.

Supported on a frame like a floating row cover, or held above the plants by stakes topped with upside-down flower pots, the netting will keep the birds from getting to most of the berries. You can buy bird netting at garden centers or online. Check frequently for any birds that may have gotten underneath the netting and become trapped.

They will have had plenty to eat, but will need to fly back to their nests. Tip from a Reader: S. McGraw added this comment about bird netting to our ” Grow a Strawberry Fountain” article: “.Put the bird netting over the entire pot structure, leaving enough room around the edges to keep the birds from pecking through the netting to the strawberries, and secure the bottom of the bird netting with landscape stakes.

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Be sure to re-secure the bird netting after each picking.”

Do strawberries need to be protected from freezing?

In order to have a rich strawberry harvest in summer, they should be well protected against frost. As strawberries already begin to flower when temperatures are mild, protection against frost is highly recommended. In addition, the roots of strawberries are very sensitive, as they do not reach far into the soil.

  1. To prevent the blossoms of strawberry plants from freezing, straw or brushwood can be scattered between the rows of plants.
  2. This warms the plants – but they still have air to breathe.
  3. Another possibility is to cover the strawberries with plant fleece.
  4. The plant fleece is placed over the strawberries to protect them against the cold.

However, it still lets enough air and moisture through so that the plants do not die. Another advantage: fungal infection and rotting of strawberries is thus reduced. However, do not remove the protective covering too soon! In some regions there is frequently late frost, which can damage the strawberry plants.

Do you cap strawberries before freezing?

Choose berries that are dark red, firm and fully ripe. Wash and drain the fruit carefully, then remove the stems and caps. Dry berries on towels in a single layer. Editor’s Tip: Do not soak the berries in water or they’ll lose some flavor and nutrients.

Why do my strawberries keep freezing in the fridge?

1. Temperature settings – The optimum refrigerator temperature range for storing fresh food is between 38 – 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your food is freezing, then it is possible that your fridge’s temperature setting was accidentally set too low. This is a common problem that can lead to your refrigerator freezing food.

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