Growing Strawberries in Raised Beds – For the home gardener, being able to scoop up bowlfuls of fresh, juicy organic strawberries early in the morning at breakfast is a great motivator, but keep in mind, if there are children involved, very few can actually do it back to the kitchen. Growing your own strawberries is easy to achieve with the right approach.
We tend to think of strawberries as perennials, but in fact, they only produce for 2 to 3 years.
Commercially the entire plant is replaced every year because the plants are more productive the 1st year and the runners are time-consuming to deal with them.
Growing Strawberries in Raised Beds
In subtropical areas, March-April is the best planting season. In cooler areas, the recommended planting time is late winter or early spring. Make sure the strawberry crowns (roots tops) are at ground level or they will rot. Well, water regularly after planting. Do not allow the plants to dry before new roots are established.
Plant the runners 35 cm apart in a staggered way, with 35 cm between rows.
Choose an open, sunny position for the strawberry bed as good airflow will reduce fungal problems such as gray mold. beds are better: drainage is improved; the raised sides act as a barrier for tracking invaders, such as slugs and snails; It is also a little easier to pick the fruit, weed and remove the runners.
Consider the size and shape of the beds before planting, as the birds are as interested in strawberries as we are and you may need a strawberry bed net profit. It is easier to do this if you have accompanied the size of your bed for available compensation. Using a series of hoops or a frame to hold the liquid well above the plants keeps the airflow open. Just covering the unsupported plants often leads to more fungal problems in wet weather.
Strawberries prefer a well-drained soil, rich in humus. About a month before planting digging in lots of organic matter, composting, animal manure or blood and bones.
Keep the beds well mulched, to control weeds and keep the fruit clean. Pine needles have often been used as this mulch is acid and strawberries prefer a slightly acid soil with a pH of 5.0-6.0. Avoid soil that has previously grown other berries or members of the tomato family (Solanaceae) to reduce the risk of viral diseases.
Strawberries require lots of water, but I hate wet leaves so they put drip irrigation or ‘escape tube’ well worth the time and effort. Try not to use overhead watering. Bi-weekly spraying with seaweed fertilizers improves plant vigor.
Pests and diseases PROBLEMS
Insect pests include thrips, two-spot mites, caterpillars, larvae and Rutherglen wave insects. Slugs and snails can also seriously affect the harvest way snail traps place in bed. The sides of raised beds can be sprayed with a snail-like repellent and slug like Escar-Go to prevent access or protected with copper tape. For birds the main options are Bird Compensation or Flash Bird Scare Ribbon. fungal problems such as gray mold and black spot are common in wet weather; Regular use of a Natrakelp spraying seaweed will help.