Three Favorable Methods of Growing Your Own Organic Berries

The first method is the hill. With this method, the plants are put in single rows, or in beds of three or four rows. They are placed one foot apart and the rows, or beds are placed two or three feet apart.

In either case, each plant is kept separate, and all runners are pinched off as fast as the form. The reason why is so that all of the strength will go into one strong crown.

The next method is the matted row system. With this method the plants are set in single rows, and runners are set in the bed at five or six inches on each side of the plants, and then trained lengthways of the row which makes it a foot or so wide.

The runners used to make these secondary crowns must be the first ones that are sent out by the plants. They should be cut from the parent plants as soon as they are well rooted. All of the rest of the runners must be taken off as they form.

In order to keep the beds for a good second crop, where the space between the rows has been kept cultivated and clean, cut out the old plants as soon as the first crop of berries is gathered, leaving the new ones-layered the year before-about one foot apart.

The final favorable method is the pot layering system. This method is considered to be the best for dealing with a small number of plants.

With the first two methods the ground is occupied three years to get two crops, and the strawberry season is a short one at best.

With this third method the strawberry is practically made an annual, and the finest, most delicious strawberries are produced.

The new plants are layered in pots, as described above. The layers are taken immediately after the fruit is gathered; or better, because earlier, a few plants are picked out especially to make runners. In either case, fork up the soil around the plants to be layered, and in about two weeks they will be ready to have the pots placed under them.

 

The main point is to have the pot plants ready to go into the new bed as soon as possible after the middle of July.

These are set out as in the hill system, and all of the runners are kept pinched off so that a large crown has been formed by the time the ground freezes. A full crop of the very best berries will be assured for the following spring.

The pot layering is repeated each year, and the old plants thrown out…with no attempt to get a second crop.

The strawberries will only be grown for the latter half of one season and the beginning of the next.

Then you can make good use of the garden space by growing a crop of early lettuce, peas or cabbage. This will be very helpful especially if the space you use to grow your own organic food is limited.


One Response to “Three Favorable Methods of Growing Your Own Organic Berries”

  1. Very interesting idea!

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