Propagating Strawberry Plants

My strawberry plants produced a good amount of berries this year, although most of them were eaten by slugs before we could get our hands on them. Mulching is good since the layer keeps the weeds down, but if you have slugs in your garden they will hide underneath the mulch and come up at night when you go to bed. The next morning only half the berries will be left.

In this picture you can see the remaining mulch in my strawberry bed:

What’s more interesting is the runners sent out by the strawberry plants. The mother plant sends out long, thin stalks, that develops roots at certain distances from the mother plant. I wouldn’t want these new, small plants to go to waste so I cut off the long stalks from the mother plants and put a few of the small plants in small pots:

I brought them inside the house and placed the pots in a windowsill. I have no idea if this is the right way to propagate strawberries or if it’s the right time of the year to do it – I’m just having fun and experimenting with this 🙂

Note that these new small plants have the same genes as the old plants and therefore tolerant or not tolerant to the same diseases as the mother plants, unlike new plants developed from seeds. If you grow plants from seeds you can at least begin to hope that resistance to certain diseases will develop through the generations.

Just for fun I have planted one of my new potatoes in a pot too:

This particular potato tuber came from the potato harvest this year. I placed the pot in the windowsill too, but I have no idea what will come out of it. 😉

The common vetch seeds have germinated and seedlings are standing proud:

They grow really fast at the moment and look healthy, so why not sow some more seeds? I prepared the old potato bed for green manure plants and I’ll probably go for late common vetch:

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