Spring Strawberries

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Wow. It is heaven around here with strawberries ripening all over the place! Sweet ambrosia. Home grown is so much better than store bought!

My parents have tried growing strawberries in several different places the last few years and none of them worked out until they planted them in the well drained Mittleider soilless mix of peatmoss and sand. Now they are multiplying like crazy and giving us beautiful fruit.

I fertilized them with the Mittleider weekly feed when they started to grow this spring, again when they flowered and I will feed them in the next few days now that they are producing heavily.  I didn’t have to water them at all until a few weeks ago. Now I make sure they don’t go too dry and they are doing  very well.

This fall or next spring we will need to thin them out quite a bit and start a new strawberry patch. After a few years in the same spot the mother plant sends off so many shoots that the berries start getting small. If we were more diligent about cutting off the shoots that turn into new plants we wouldn’t need to thin them.

Berry breakfast awaits me. Yum.

Happy Healthy,
Elisa

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Cleaning mulch off the strawberries

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It is warm enough for us to take the mulch off the strawberries. It probably could have been done a couple weeks ago but this spot gets a lot of shade in the morning and has still had frost at 10am so we decided to wait until now to pull off the thick layer of leaves we had mulched them with in the fall.
That was a long sentence! 🙂
Under the mulch the plants are healthy and green. This is their second year and they are doing awesome.
Now that the mulch is off we will apply some fertilizer. We use the mix from www.growfood.com. It works awesome and will give you a ton of nutrients in the soil which translates to nutrients in your food.

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