Strawberry Plants

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The sun has shown brightly here for two days! There has been no rain since Thursday. It looks like those strawberry beds will get  worked tomorrow ~ finally. It’s already time to order the plants and we haven’t even got the amendments in the soil yet!

We haven’t been able to locate a local nursery that sales organic strawberry plants nor have we been able to find an online company that sells the varieties recommended for our area. So, we’ll order our strawberry plants online from Simmons Plant Farm. We’ll plant 50 Chandlers, 50 Allstars, and 50 Earliglow. This is not a huge number of strawberry plants for a market garden but it is plenty to get started with. We are excited about sunny weather and look forward to getting in the field tomorrow. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Strawberry Plants

  1. I’m planning on my first strawberry plants this year in a little bed I’m prepping just for their arrival. Would you mind sharing the amendments you use for your strawberry beds? I’ve worked in a bit of compost and manure already. The soil tends toward alkaline and weak on K and P around here.

    Thanks so much!

  2. 🙂
    Maybe I’ll try some strawberries this year! How on earth do you keep the birds away? We only have one strawberry plant potted and the birds get to it every time before I do! Makes me so mad! Netting?

  3. Jennifer,
    This is goofy but it works. Use fishing line to hang aluminum pie pans from sticks and plant the sticks all throughout your garden. The noise from the pan hitting the stick helps keep away birds and rabbits. We haven’t had any problems with deer either.

  4. PlumDirt,

    We use an organic blend of 8 parts alfalfa meal, 2 parts rock phosphate, 2 parts dolomite lime, and 1 part kelp meal. Everything is measured by volume using a large plastic peanut butter jar. One and one-half cup of the blended fertilizer is applied to every 25 square feet of planting bed (for example, to day I applied 9 cups of blended fertilizer to 150 square feet of planing bed). This fertilizer blend is best applied in fall but if that’s not possible, it should be applied at least 3 weeks prior to planting. Here, our soil tend to be a little on the acidic side so adding lime helps. For a more alkaline soil I would not mix in the lime.

    These organic amendments only add trace amounts of N-P and just a little more K, but they do add an abundant supply of micro-nutrients including calcium. We get our N from green manures like Crimson Clover and other legumes and we get quite a bit of P from the comfrey tea. Of course, compost is wonderful for adding macro-nutrients too. We spread about 2″ of compost over each bed at spring planting.

    Hope some of this helps you.

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