Has anyone read that book? That I know is a silly question, because if I love the book Jamberry so much, I certainly know there are others out there who do too! This post really has nothing to do with that book, or jam (yet), but it certainly has a lot to do with berries…strawberries to be precise.
The first week after moving in up here Jason got right to work in working the land. Tilling, and preparing beds for strawberries…and lots of them. We ordered 1500 strawberry plants and with only mere days of preparation time, we know there wasn’t
much any time to loose. The earth got tilled, and unearthed lots and lots of rocks. Goodness. It will be fun to see what use we find for them all. Needless to say, there was much effort put into clearing and taming the beds…getting them all ready for planting.
Then the big box arrived, and that was exciting. We decided on everbearing vs. the June bearing kind of strawberries. Our reasoning, was that although the everbearing variety do not produce one big crop like the june bearers, which is kinda what you want if you plan on using them for preserving, with 1500 plants there should be plenty enough to do whatever we want to with them plus have plenty left over for selling. Everbearing produce one continuous crop throughout the season. They are basically like a huge investment for us. We won’t get much of anything this year, we actually will have to pinch all of the flowers off the plants…sad, I know, but by doing that we will encourage strong root growth in the plants. Then next year, we will be all set. We purchased our plants online from Grow Organic. The Ozark variety are one of the most popular varieties and are good for both preserving and freezing.
After tilling the soil we added some Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizer into the rows, planted the plants, and then mulched with some old hay from our “mother” farm’s chicken barn. Just as we got all gung ho with planting strawberries and soaking up the random 70 degree weather, we realized that the weather was going to take a dip down to freezing/near freezing temperatures. So, we got out more hay and mulched those babies and covered them up with some frost blankets. And packed the rest of the strawberry plants away in safe keeping. Just for a couple days.