Ready for winter – the strawberries are all tucked in under their straw

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by Jay Reesor

Way back in sunny, warm August our neighbours delivered about 60 giant, round bales of golden straw. We carefully stacked them up and securely covered them to keep them dry. Last week we uncovered those bales and using our 25-year old bale-buster chopped them up and blew them on our rows of hibernating strawberry plants.

Even though it is an old machine it does an amazing job of distributing the straw over the berries. It saves so much work!

The straw  is used to protect the plants from extremely cold conditions and then in the spring it is helpful to deter the weeds and also keep the strawberries clean. This job is really the final thing we do on the farm for the season. Rather sad, but it is cold and it feels like we should be finished!  But, I am already looking forward to the 2014 farming season.

Have a wonderful Christmas and all best wishes to you in the new year.