Our strawberry patch is looking so good that it’s taking over the garden! Our original plants have one or two more years in them, so we decided to dig up the runners and plant them in new rows. Strawberries are grown in stages, so that there are always younger plants ready to take over when the old ones are finished producing.
I was happy to get two long rows planted the other day while the kids played on the swing-set. In the past, we’ve mulched the patch with straw or long pine needles. Those worked well, but we were still out there weeding frequently. This is the first time we’ll be using black plastic, which I am overjoyed about. I have high hopes…
If you want to feel more content about the work you put into growing strawberries, just read Lois Lenski’s beloved book, The Strawberry Girl. When I read it to the girls, we quickly learned that we’ve got it easy with our black plastic, mulch, fences, and bird nets. (Oh, you’ll know what I mean when you read about the birds coming and stealing their entire crop…)
If you want to start a strawberry patch, or even grow some in a pot, ask a friend who has a patch if you can come over and dig out some runners. This is a great way to save money and share the wealth of the land amongst friends.
Ryan’s building the PVC structure (shown in the video) to hold the bird nets up off the ground. I’ll take photos and let you know how it goes…
Enjoy your home,