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    Being the tight git I am, do you want my address for the excess BB
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    Its a pity you are so far away Nick as I will have excess,its quite bulky stuff so I assume postage would be quite expensive.
    Could have done a deal for a few tubers me thinks.

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    Hi,

    I too have raised beds with strawberries, I've always used the membrane and found it's worked really well. I do however also cover them with insect netting which reduces but doesn't eradicate the slug problem (as there are generally dormant eggs in the soil). I will also be covering them with straw this year to keeping in even more moisture as I'm really worried about the pending water shortage. Hoping for a bumper crop this year!!!
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    Emma - how do you stop the straw from blowing away?

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    I always used straw under and around strawberries. It prevented slugs and weeds and kept strawberries clean. It never blew away.

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    I've alays found the biggest trouble with straw is the corn that grows!!! I gess it's the bits that get trapped in the bales.
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    I can't get straw. So have decided to use bark chips. Do you think this will be ok. I tried it on a bed over the last few weeks, but most of the time it has been under the snow, but hasn't seen to have blown away yet. Our dog seems to like it though - and the blackbirds!

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    I grow my strawberry's in 4 foot barrels and have not really had a problem with weeds, especially if it is the strawberry's going into the second year and they are established as they cover the top of the barrel allowing no weeds in apart from chickweed which will occasionally float in. Jennie it is possible to use bark and to good use the same with gravel or in general small wood chippings as the slugs find it difficult to go over.

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