How to grow strawberries and protect them from slugs

Shop-bought strawberries can taste disappointing, but home grown ones are delicious. Here’s how to succeed in growing these delicate fruits, says Clare Wilson


2 March 2022

strawberries growing in vintage enamel bowl on painted green chair

GAP Photos/Julia Boulton

THERE are plenty of reasons people grow their own fruit and vegetables: it is a satisfying outdoor hobby, it gets you some exercise and the produce has low food miles, usually making it good for the planet too.

Another reason is that many home-grown fruits and vegetables taste better than the ones on sale in shops. The difference is particularly noticeable for some types of produce, such as new potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

There can be several explanations. One is that the varieties grown by farmers are often different to those sold for home growing. Farmers use …