Help with Strawberries??

EllaRoseTMay 2, 2014

Hey Guys!

So I'm a new gardener and last year I grew a ton of strawberries.... problem was every time a strawberry would start to get ripe something would eat it. It looked like bug damage to me.

How do I stop/prevent this, this year? I was really bummed to not be able to enjoy more than one strawberry =(

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ltilton

First, figure out what's eating them.

Nets can stop birds, chicken wire can stop squirrels, neither can stop bugs or, more likely, slugs.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 3:23PM
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mhayes8655

The netting is a must own for strawberry growers. Also, try sprinkling used coffee grounds around the plants, seems to deter slugs.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 3:18PM
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outdoor334(8)

i had same issue. birds leave oblious markings and I have dogs that chase them off so I knew it was some sort of small insect. I have not seen any slugs. i sprayed my bed real good with Sevin (heavily diluted - 1 tablespoon in 1 gallon of water). Sprayed the ground underneath the berrys and underneath the leaves. Since then, my berries are getting fully red and very little damage.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 11:19PM
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