In July daughter gave me four baby strawberry plants taken from strawberry runners in her garden. I decided to start them off in a tub to give them some protection from garden pests. That was a mistake because I had not reckoned with a larger pest. Each morning I would go into the garden and discover that my strawberry plants had been dug up. At first I thought it must be birds looking for worms. Then one day I spied from my window a grey squirrel. It scampered over and scratched up my plants.
That also solved another mystery. Last autumn I planted up five tubs with spring bulbs. Three of the tubs gave a good display but two tubs had nothing to show. At the time I assumed the bulbs had rotted away because when I dug down there was no sign of them. Now I know that it was the squirrel that had them for lunch. When the squirrel saw my tub of strawberry plants it must have though; “a tub – that means bulbs” and started digging out the plants.
Two of the strawberry plants survived being dug up several times and were planted out when they got stronger. These two plants have put out lots of runners and made new plants. I am looking forward to my first crop of strawberries next year.