Step by step: plant strawberries

Step by step: plant strawberries


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That said, a garden without strawberries is not a garden! Who does not have a single childhood memory pictured with a small hand timidly approaching this pretty red fruit, this elusive floating before the inevitable decision to bring it greedily to the mouth, the pleasure of feeling this sweet ball crash into the back of the palate, leaving the unforgettable memory of subtle and fragrant flavors! If all types of soil are suitable for strawberries, it is important that they are well drained. For a better yield, prefer deep and humus soils, very slightly acidic. Like its predator, the strawberry is greedy, and a preliminary contribution of organic matter (decomposed manure and compost, dead leaves ...) is recommended. In pots, planting takes place from September to March, with bare roots, at the end of summer. The strawberry is also very suitable for pots and planters on a balcony. You can harvest the fruit from May to July depending on the variety. Strawberries tend to spread by natural layering, so if you want to see clearly and limit their proliferation, the ideal is to plant them in line on a textile. This technique also has the advantage of avoiding soiling the fruits and hastening their ripening.
Difficulty : easy Cost : around 1.5 € per foot + 30 € of geotextile and staples Tools required : - A hook and a spade - A rake - A transplanter - A watering can For textiles: - A film - Staples - a line and a chalk - A cutter and / or scissors

Step 1: Choose a suitable location


A well-drained place, above ground will be perfect. Here, the strawberries will be installed on a slope from which the weeds have been removed and which benefits from good sunshine.

Step 2: Loosen and amend the soil


Use the fork or spade to turn the soil if it is very compact. Then, with the hook, unpack the remaining clods. The hook will also serve you to incorporate the amendment in the ground, by movements back and forth.
A mixture of decomposed manure and compost will guarantee a more abundant harvest.
Your soil is mixed and loosened, it must now be leveled so as to place the textile film on this bed.

Step 3: Lay the film


Position the film at one end of the clear plot and unroll it to the other end.
Cut. Do not be too chick, to keep the entire space provided for planting, make a small reserve of 10 cm to fix the film.
Press the staples at each end to keep the canvas taut.
As we had the idea of ​​disciplining our strawberry plants, let's go to the end of our reasoning. Stretch a cord so as to delimit 3 rows spaced 40 cm apart. Indicate in chalk the position of each strawberry plant, spacing the crosses 60 cm. Shift each row so that the whole looks more homogeneous.

Step 4: Plant the strawberries


Using the cutter, cut at the location of each cross. Do not hesitate to cut what is necessary so as not to be embarrassed when you use the transplanter.
Precisely, we need it. Spread the 4 ends of cut film, and remove a good shovel of soil with your transplanter. Leave it in the tool, it may be necessary to put some soil back.
Plant your strawberry feet making sure that the crown is just at ground level. It is not so easy, because the pieces of fabric hinder movement.

Step 5: Sweep and water


Do not water before sweeping so as not to dirty your textile film.
Spread slightly and water abundantly.
Try to mix the varieties to have a staggered harvest over a longer period.


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