|Strawberries gone wild|
All these babies went into one of the tomato beds after the plants were all pulled up for the fall, covered with row cover, and given a good dose of fertilzer and water about every 3-4 weeks.
The old strawberries were pulled up in November and composted. Then the beds were filled with compost for the winter.
|Baby Strawberries ready to plant|
With our warm winter, I needed to plant out the new strawberries by the end of January - a bit sooner than I planned, but they were becoming root bound. when I saw lots of new growth, and a flower bud or two, I knew it was time.
I topped off the beds with about 5 inches of new soil (planting mix from Highway Fuel in Salem) which is a combination of compost and top soil. I did a soil test, which put the soil right about neutral PH. since berries like it slightly more acid than that, I mixed in some of my blueberry fertilizer which helps to lower the ph.
If I take the row cover off before going to work, he won't get in there.
When you grow your own berries, you not only feed yourself, family and friends, you also have plants that you can share with others. I dig up all the starts of berries around my patch and give them away. 2014-15 I have given away over $100 of berry plants to friends and neighbors. So remember that when you are planting this year. All those volunteers next fall can go to a good home and help to feed others.