Approaches to growing:
The quintessential taste of summer and one of the best ways to entice your children onto your plot. By growing early, mid and late season varieties with 'everbearer' or 'full season' varities, you can be harvesting strawberries for over 6 months of the year, from late May to late October. However, there's no doubt that, for taste and adundance, the traditional June/July period is the highlight of the season.
Strawberries need fertile and moist, but well-drained, soil. They are often planted in ridges to ensure this drainage is maintained. Because they have a productive life of 3-4 years, it is essential to ensure the soil is weed-free to begin with. For this reason, it's best to deeply dig the soil at least a month before planting, removing all weeds. Then dig again at planting, removing any remaining weeds. Planting through plastic or a weed-suppressing menu will not only make maintenance easier, it will, warm the soil, giving earlier crops and will also keep the fruit off the soil...just make sure puddles don't form on plastic sheeting, encouraging mould.
To replace plants, select 3 or 4 runners per healthy plant in late spring/early summer and use an upside-down 'U' of wire to hold to plantlets onto the surface of a 9cm pot buried in the soil. Remove any stem beyond the plantlet. The plantlet will have rooted in a month or two - at this point, sever the connection with the parent plant and plant on.
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