Strawberry Planting

This past Monday Joel, my sister Christina, and I dug up the strawberry bed in the garden and replanted the runners.   We planted them about 18″ apart in two raised beds we had prepared with compost.  Joel was explaining to me that planting them that far apart really helps keep track of the runners next season and allows you to space them strategically in the bed.

    I was amazed at how many runners we had left after filling the garden beds.  I packaged them up and gave some away.  To me, I have the most fun when I can bless someone with abundance from my garden.

It did make me wish that I had more space to devote to strawberries though!   I am looking forward to lots and lots of strawberries next spring!

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

5 Responses to Strawberry Planting

  1. I certainly understand about the Strawberry runners. They are everywhere in my yard here in Sweden. Most of my backyard is granite bedrock. Some exposed and most buried under a few inches of soil. I have two of the native Scots Pine that have succeeded, but they were lucky enough to have seed germinate in large cracks in the rock mass. The are other smaller cracks and in these I put my strawberry plants. They not only succeeded, but spread like Dandelions everywhere else, including the lawn.

    Back in California I grew my Strawberry plants under my woodland garden as opposed to a formal setting and I always had productive berries, even if a few berries were sacrificed to Sow Bugs.

  2. Heather Jackson says:

    I agree about loving to bless others with abundance from the garden! I love to give it away and make someone’s day! Thanks for the strawberry info!

  3. Buddy says:

    how fragile are they to dig up and replant?
    i have some growing under my grapevine, i would like to clean it out get rid of all the weeds, resoil it, then replant them and mulch around, im just nervous to dig them up without killing them off

  4. My Dad used to do the same thing with his strawberrry runners, same reason, too. I haven’t grown them for years – there are so many u-pick places just down the road who grow acres of them, I can pick up a pint for the family to snack on, or I can go pick buckets of berries to make jam. I love wild strawberries, too, when you can find them on the edge of woodlands or hedges.

  5. Cyndi Lewis says:

    We moved onto our new property just after strawberries finished here in Michigan. I can’t wait to harvest our plants next spring. We love to eat them fresh plus freeze them for smoothies. Oh, and strawberry, rhubarb jam!