Sun Protection

4 Jan

Is more important than fashion.

Actually most things are more important than fashion.

This was J and I maintaining our strawberries after reading about the process on Jodi’s fabulous blog. I think I learn something from every single one of Jodi’s posts.

I kind of imagined that my strawberries were finishing because their quality was diminishing. It never occurred to me that they needed maintenance!

We tidied them up thoroughly, and I am now in the process of propagating new plants from the copious runners. Based on the number of runners my hokowases are putting out, I think I may end up with 4 times the number of plants next season. That might go somewhere towards the number I’ll need to provide 2kg of berries in a single picking, like Jodi!

I think I actually have quite a ways to go 🙂

6 Responses to “Sun Protection”

  1. Barbara Good January 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I should go out and do mine too – I thought that after reading Jodi’s blog the other day. And I noticed a few good runners too that I should propagate. A job for later in the week perhaps.

    PS love the hats!

  2. Robyn January 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m simply trying to rescue my strawberries from death after the lack of water while we were away…

    It never occurred to me that that witches hat would also make a good sun hat! I keep hats and sunscreen at the back door and S knows they must go on before we go out unless it’s really early morning or late afternoon or we are literally only going outside for 2 minutes… But your neighbours must seriously be worried about your mental health by now… 😛

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      I’m hopeless with sun protection – I detest sunscreen, and would far prefer to avoid the sun or wear giant hats than put it on – only when it’s totally necessary. I’m glad they have conditioned J at daycare to wear the stuff.

      But then again, I have no redheads in my family ;P

      Ah yes, my mental health. I guess I must at least be labelled ‘eccentic’ 🙂

  3. Liz January 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I think it looks very fashion forward dahling…
    I have a bit of a quandarry with my strawberries, they are everywhere, not producing much, but sending out runners whily nilly so I could propagate heaps and move them to a sunnier spot which I think they will be more likely to fruit it but I’m not sure the unknown variety I’m growing is particularly good flavourwise. The eternal dilemma – save money or start again and try something else that may taste better…..

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      You’re funny 🙂

      Well I bought 20 runners from Diggers for a reasonable price, and they have put out several runners each already. I think that it will work out very cost-effective to develop a reasonable sized patch, albeit over a couple of years.

      Variety-wise, the family very much enjoys the hokowases, but for me I think they are actually a little too sweet. I would prefer a touch more acidity.

  4. Mrs Bok January 5, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Just what I needed! I’ve noticed runners but I’ve no idea what to do with them!!

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