Strawberry Festival

The festival will not only offer strawberries, but also fun in the sun with live music, arts, crafts and yummy eats.

The Strawberries Festival kicks off at 08:00 with a Herbalife Fun Walk. Strawberries is also be for sale from 08:00 and entertainment and stalls will be available until 14:00.

An arts and crafts market will offer a variety of unique products such as clothes, art, jewellery, handbags, shoes, perfume, herbal oils, pet accessories, and beauty products.

For the hungry, there will be a variety of delicious eats to choose from.

The Gorona String Ensemble and Ruiter Piet of the Tuindwergies will see to live entertainment.

To take part in the fun walk, be there at 07:00 to register or WhatsApp 073 843 4721. The fun walk starts at 08:00.

Visit Village mall’s Facebook page for updated information about the Strawberry Festival.

Sweet And Juicy Strawberries

Growing strawberries
Strawberries are one of the most rewarding plants you can adorn your garden with. Hewre are a few quick tips to get you going:
• At least 6 hours of full sun per day
• Well-drained, humus rich soil
• Regular watering
• Thick mulch (at least 10cm). Traditionally straw was used as a mulch – hence the name – to keep fruit off the ground and protect it from dirt, damage and fungal disease. Mulch will also suppress weeds and maintain the soil moisture. As straw is not always readily available, disease free grass clippings, pine needles, leaves or newspaper strips can also be used.

Preparing Garden Beds for Strawberries:
Prepare the beds for strawberries in late summer. Buy and plant strawberry plants in spring and early summer. Plant them as a path edging or groundcover amongst vegetables or bedding plants. Alternatively strawberries can be planted in special strawberry planters, barrels, pots, planter boxes or hanging baskets. When planting ensure that the roots are buried, but the crowns are sitting just on top of the soil. Firm the soil down around the plants, apply mulch and water deeply.

Strawberries in containers
Strawberries make ideal container fruits given their compact and quick-growing habit, although they are equally at home in the soil in beds.

Strawberries can be planted in hanging baskets, pots and special strawberry planters
There are a number of advantages to growing strawberries in tubs of any kind. Plants can be moved to track the sun and light. They can be lifted off the ground to avoid pests and soil-borne diseases.

Set plants into multi-purpose compost, spacing them 25-30cm apart – this is closer than they would be in the ground as it will be easier to water and feed them. Give the runners a soak in a bucket of water to revive them or water pots of strawberries if they are at all dry.

Fill your tub with compost to within an inch of the rim then plant your strawberries so that each crown (where the leaves emerge) sits just above the surface.

Compost should be kept moist by watering whenever the soil dries out. When watering, try to keep moisture off the leaves to prevent fungal diseases. Carefully lift the leaves when watering. Feed your container strawberries regularly with a high-potash liquid feed as soon as the first flowers appear.

Strawberry Ice Lollies
These strawberry ice lollies are quick and easy to make, from just two ingredients you can easily get your hands on.
strawberries – the fresher the better
lemonade – or your preferred liquid, if making for grown ups you might prefer to use Pimms and lemonade or Prosecco! STEP BY STEP
Making ice lollies is so simple. I always make fruit ice lollies using pureed fresh fruit. Simply puree your strawberries in your blender, then add a little lemonade for a little extra sweetness.
I used diet lemonade here so these are also zero point ice lollies on Weightwatchers, as well as being suitable for the whole family. They are not overly loaded in sugar, other than the naturally occurring sugar in the strawberries.
The next step is simply pouring the strawberry lemonade mixture into your moulds.
Next just wait four to six hours at least until frozen solid, then you can dig right in and cool down.