Straw on strawberries alternative
I have a beautiful planting of strawberries coming up. Due to lack of straw mulch last fall, I mulched with shredded pine needles. I can't seem to find straw in Duluth for mulching under the blossoms and berries and I am concerned that the berries will mold and rot with grass clippings or pine needles (holds too much moisture?) Any suggestions or alternatives? Incidentally, I am quite jealous of the southern MN gardeners--having many plants blooming. Lilacs are only starting to bud around here. On the other hand, I will probably be enjoying them into July. . .