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How do you get big strawberries which are abundant, and should you snip off deformed or spotty leaves?

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You can do the following to ensure you get a bumper crop of strawberrries. They need a warm, sheltered, frost-free site, planted in a well-drained soil enriched with organic matter is ideal. Grow in raised beds. Apply a fertiliser high in potassium in spring. Mulching is important using pea or barley straw over newspaper. Black polythene can also be used. Ensure the crowns of the plant rest on the soil, if buried too deeply they will rot. Grey mould is the main disease, use Greenguard. They also get aphids, leaf-rollers, slugs and mites, each can be controlled with the right spray. Yes, to snipping off deformed or spotty leaves.

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