This is the first year we've yielded a crop from our strawberry patch. It is a relatively large plot for the city yard with 25 plants. I am getting the most beautiful, sweet, large berries. We put hay down under the plants (I read somewhere to do that).
But, I will see a pink berry and think "That'll be ready for pickin' tomorrow!" When tomorrow comes, it is red but rotten where it touches the ground (hay).
How does it rot in one night? Why is it rotting? I have tried turning them periodically to discourage them from sitting on one side for too long, but I'm still losing more berries than I am keeping. The bugs will crawl into the rotten side.. I'm not sure if they are the cause or the effect of the rot.
Could I be overwatering? Maybe the hay shouldn't be wet? As usual, I've asked a hundred questions in one post. Any help appreciated! Thanks