September 2nd, 2011
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.
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.
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.
3 Sharkey, this newly planted bed looks like it has plenty of room to grow.
4 Franny, I'm looking at the productive engine of a strawberry plant called the crown.
5 It's from this region that strawberry plants produce both runners (stolons) and flowering fruit stalks that eventually yield strawberries.
6 Those runners, or stolons, produce little 'daughter' plants, which is why you need to eventually thin out the bed.
7 So, let's move this bucket of strawberry plants and help plant them under the hedge.
8 I'll start spacing them.
9 And I'll start planting them.
10 Great job! Now they just need a good watering.
11 Whew! After all that work, I sure am dirty!
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