After your June bearing strawberries have stopped producing for the year, it is the perfect time to renovate the strawberry patch. Pulling out some of the old plants will help the patch to produce better the next year, and if just left to its own, the patch will get overgrown, and there will be no room left for the new biggest producing plants.
|Over Grown Patch|
|Multiple crowned plant|
As you work your way through the patch, you should also find the multiple crowned plants and pull them out by the root if you can. Leaving the smaller single or few crowned plants. These will send off shoots and you will get more new plants for the next season.
Pulling out any weeds you find while renovating is important, as strawberries do not compete well with weeds and other plants for water and nutrition.
After you are done pulling out the old plants, then putting on a good even fertilizer will do wonders for your patch. Then reapply the fertilizer in the early fall, watering it in after application.
|Patch after some renovation but before mulch is applied.|
Growing strawberries in the garden can be a very rewarding experience, and if done right will produce a great harvest year after year.
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