Organic Strawberries

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries need at least eight hours of full sun each day. Be sure to follow the seed packaging for directions about spacing. Many varieties of strawberries produce offspring, so it is best to space them 18 inches apart. Be sure to set the plants so that their roots are well covered, but the crown is exposed to light and fresh air. Water them well.

 

Best Directions

Mix sterile Kristy K Organics Potting Soil and Kristy K Organics Coconut Coir (replaces peat moss) in a wheelbarrow or large trash can. Mix a time-release fertilizer into the soil mixture. Mix in Kristy K Organics Compost or well-rotted manure. Mix coarse sand to the soil mixture. Turn the soil mixture while you add in Kristy K Organics Rice Hulls (replaces perlite).

 

Converted to % or parts

10 parts Kristy K Organics Potting Soil

10 parts Kristy K Organics Coconut Coir

1 part time-release fertilizer

8 parts Kristy K Organics Compost or well-rotted manure

1 part coarse sand

16 parts Kristy K Organics Rice Hulls

 

Grow Bag:

Will provide the best chances of success because, if not overcrowded, they provide the largest volume of soil per plant. They will require constant watering, but nowhere near as often as the other methods. It will also be easier to keep the soil evenly moist.

 

Size:

To get the most out of the berry plants, be sure to let no more than three (or if a smaller variety, four) plants root per square foot of soil.

 

Coconut Coir/ Rice Hulls/ Sand:

Unlike normal soil, coconut coir is not infested with any harmful fungi. The beneficial bacteria lining found in coconut coir increases the overall productivity. Planting strawberries in coconut coir require less frequent watering and eliminate the problem of water logging (due to its excellent drainage capacity).

 

Give the native soil a boost by mixing in several inches of Kristy K Organics Compost or other rich organic matter.