[NAFEX] ozark beauty strawberries

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Wed Oct 21 13:37:50 EDT 2009

I've used a technique I read in Organic Gardening decades ago: I plant in
wide beds, and don't pinch off the runners.  At the end of the season I till
the length of one half of the bed, alternating each year.  This keeps the
refreshing the bed.  The runners repopulate the tilled side very quickly,
and are as large and productive as the mother plants the next season.  I
suppose you could pinch off the runners until just before you till, though;
it's new runners that fill the tilled area.  I've done this in zones 7a-9,
here in our Mediterranean climate.  I don't recall reading that this would
work better in some areas than others.  Naturally, the variety needs to send
out runners readily.


~ Stephen


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I've heard of people who took care of their strawberries and tilled out the
old row every year, and had kept a bed going for 20 years.  Dunno about
their climate and the variety, which would both make some difference.  Donna

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