Thinning and Transplanting the Strawberries

Posted by F&S

We were wandering around the farm yesterday, when we came upon Ryan and Wilmer in the strawberry patch.  They were busy digging up and thinning out the strawberry plants, which had become much too crowded.  Of course, we jumped right in and helped with the task.

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Look at all of these strawberry plants, Sharkey.  Ryan and Wilmer have been thinning them from outside the greenhouse and will be moving them to beneath the large hedge across the way.

1 Look at all of these strawberry plants, Sharkey. Ryan and Wilmer have been thinning them from outside the greenhouse and will be moving them to beneath the large hedge across the way.

I'll just jump in and help, Franny!  It's true that this bed had become quite overgrown.  Thinning out the plants will make them more productive next year.  Strawberries are so fragrant and beautiful.

2 I'll just jump in and help, Franny! It's true that this bed had become quite overgrown. Thinning out the plants will make them more productive next year. Strawberries are so fragrant and beautiful.

Sharkey, this newly planted bed looks like it has plenty of room to grow.

3 Sharkey, this newly planted bed looks like it has plenty of room to grow.

Franny, I'm looking at the productive engine of a strawberry plant called the crown.

4 Franny, I'm looking at the productive engine of a strawberry plant called the crown.

It's from this region that strawberry plants produce both runners (stolons) and flowering fruit stalks that eventually yield strawberries.

5 It's from this region that strawberry plants produce both runners (stolons) and flowering fruit stalks that eventually yield strawberries.

Those runners, or stolons, produce little 'daughter' plants, which is why you need to eventually thin out the bed.

6 Those runners, or stolons, produce little 'daughter' plants, which is why you need to eventually thin out the bed.

So, let's move this bucket of strawberry plants and help plant them under the hedge.

7 So, let's move this bucket of strawberry plants and help plant them under the hedge.

I'll start spacing them.

8 I'll start spacing them.

And I'll start planting them.

9 And I'll start planting them.

Great job!  Now they just need a good watering.

10 Great job! Now they just need a good watering.

Whew!  After all that work, I sure am dirty!

11 Whew! After all that work, I sure am dirty!

Comments (8)

  • Good Morning Girls

    Sharkey looks like another bath is in your future - sorry :( My mom planted strawberry plants but the critters get the berries so she gave up. She even tried rasberry plants and put netting around them, beautiful plants no berries. I told her to stick with tomato plants.

    So it's Friday and a very LONG weekend for mom. She is taking off today and Tuesday - YIPEE!!! The best news is she is only playing golf 1 of those days so she'll be home with us all weekend :) I have to tell you I don't know how she is going to play golf she can just about walk from working in the yard all day Wednesday, they did Irene clean up all day. She was doing lots of moaning and eating those Advil like they were candy!

    Today we have to cut the grass and get the yard looking pretty for our BBQ on Sunday. Lots of kids I can't wait. I hope Nicole brings those Barbie Dolls again - they were fun ;)

    Today is Precious's 9th birthday which means a special dinner I can't wait. Mom said something about going to Whole Foods this morning I hope she picks us up some of those marrow bones they are YUMMY.

    All my friends here at the DW have a great Labor Day Weekend and be safe.

    Zoe

  • Good Morning everyone,
    Strawberries!!! Hmmm. Do they taste like steak? That would be good if they would. Where the heck is that lazy kid GK? The weather is cooler, don't let him get away with not helping you girls. You have to keep on him or he will become a slacker.
    Cora-Belle, that bon fire sounded good. Smores? Do they taste like steak? What do you think Rebel? They both begin with S, strawberries and smores. So they have to taste like steak.
    Well, today I get to watch some of my friends whine and act like babies. Bath day for them. I watch them act like fools till they get in the tub. I call them woosies..... So, today is going to be a real fun day for me. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend. Be good Basil, Dudley, Kirby Bear, Zoe, oh I could go on and on with the list of names but I want to go watch the others cause mom is getting the towels and shampoo and conditioner and all that crap ready and they are starting to whine already. YEAH...
    Love ya all,
    Maddox

  • oh my, all those strawberry plants! F&S just send me the ones your weeding out...he he... ;)

    I wish I had Alpine strawberries...I use to pick them in the forest up in the Alps, little fruits with lots of flavor, but then I might have told you this before.

    Keep up the good work helping out, and have a great and safe weekend everyone.

    delia and Kitty =^..^=

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You two girls sure are terrific helpers there at Martha's beautiful Bedford farm and you look so charming doing that great work!! My Mom has 2 big containers of strawberries and we need to plant them somewhere here in our yard because they are getting crowded, also. Now I know how to help Mom replant them! Hey Zoe, be sure to wish 9 year old Precious Happy Birthday for me! Sure hope every one of you who follows F,S,&GK's Daily Wag has a great weekend and stay happy, healthy, and have fun! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • You two are such a big help to MommyM all the time but I bet she is especially happy for your assistance during the Hurricane Irene cleanup.

    GK, GK where are you big boy? Be good and help your sisters out. Happy 9th Birthday Precious!

    Hope everyone out in the DW land has a great safe weekend! :smile:

  • ..Yo fellow doggies..strawberries are yummy..you frenchies are good helpers..hmmm..I see Lucinda milling about and talking Nordstrom beauty counter..squirrel make-up brushes..bet Martha knows about them..heck I would have caught her a squirrel if I Knew that is what she wanted. People! All of my DW pals and and their humans have a safe week-end...later...Cora-Bele..p.s. takes her 2 hours to get there so James and I off salmon fishing all afternoon..wish us luck!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    In the garden again I see. Every time you go there you have to work. I would be like GK and stay inside; less dirty that way. And you two know that dirt plus dog equals, bath. I’ll bet that is the reason GK stay’s inside a lot. It’s going to be another one of those long weekends again. It’ll be the last one of the summer. Fall will be here with cooler weather and great looking trees. Where does the time go anyway? Have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Well, where is that G.K., when all this hard work is being done? I suppose it is too hot for him to be out in the sun anyway. You girls sure are the best gardeners in town. Pretty soon, I have a feeling that you are in store for a long winter's nap with all this hard work. But guess what, Sharkey another bath is in your future. Well, canning and freezing around here this weekend, and Dad is working tomorrow. It will be nice to sleep in on Sunday and Monday. We have been getting up at 4:30. Zoe, be sure and tell Precious Happy Birthday, and eat a marrow bone for me. Try and let your devil side stay hidden and not chew up any toys of NIcoles again. Just be good and I am sure your charm and good looks with get lots of treats your way. Have a great weekend waggers.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

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