Went into the greenhouse this morning to check on all of the plants. Was checking over the strawberry plants in hanging baskets and found that 2 of the plants were infested with aphids (see photo below).
|Aphids on Strawberries|
Some of the plants are forming fruits very nicely and I am guessing it will be about 2-3 weeks before my first strawberry fruits of the year.
The compost was a bit dry so time for feeding and watering. I had made some Comfrey feed earlier this year and used this to feed and water the strawberries. The first picture shows the concentrate comfrey feed that requires dilution.
|Concentrate Comfrey Feed|
I diluted it approximately 5:1 ratio, that is 5 parts water to one part comfrey until the feed looked like weak tea colour.
|1 Part Concentrated Comfrey in Left Container|
|Diluted Comfrey Feed in Left Container, Concentrate in Right Container|
IMPORTANT PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICE. For those of you who haven't made or used comfrey feed before, either ensure that you don't get it on your skin or clothes or wear Latex Gloves when handling it because it absolutely stinks and smells for ages. I made the mistake of being lazy and not putting on latex gloves on to pick up the rotted comfrey leaves after dropping them out of the bucket they were fermenting in and onto the ground by mistake. My hands smelt like manure all day and nearly made me sick as the smell wafted up my nostrils 😲