HERE IT IS!
I've finished putting those last touches on my strawbrary, gotten it nicely pet-proofed, and now it's painted and planted. I've put in a couple hundred litres of organic, peat-free compost. I can't stress enough the importance of peat-free compost. Compost is dead organic matter which has rotted in a composter. Peat is, for lack of a better term, "wild compost". It's broadly similar, but has formed naturally in bogs over a very long time. Peat makes cheap filler for compost because it's easier (and thus cheaper) to dig peat out of the ground than it is to make all your compost in a composter. Unique habitats and species exist around the peat bogs and are being endangered by the gardening business. Peat-free is definitely the greener option.
Turns out Squires do their organic composts at £5.99 for 50L, peated or unpeated. 3 for 2 on the unpeated, £13 for 3 on the peated, so it was a quid cheaper for 150L of peat-free. Result! I can't count on that deal forever, however, so I'm gonna keep a close eye on Homebase as well, even though Homebase is almost three times as far from my house as Squires.
I've put in 11 plants so far: 4 Pegasus, 4 Cambridge Favourite, and 3 Rhapsody. I've got room in there for another dozen strawberry plants, plus a niche in the front corner for planting marigolds (to keep pests away). I may set some Clematis climbing the uprights, as the blue flowers might make this classic example of my antiaesthetic carpentry actually look pretty. Who knows. Any of my readership of five had any trouble with Clematis, please let me know.
Here, have some more photos.
Next week I'll be building a corner arbour. Until then xx :)