Not "new" bed as in newly built. "New" as in new to the strawberries. The old pumpkin/cantaloupe bed has been refurbished into the strawberries' home. I dug in potting soil, steer manure, and a bit of bagged garden soil. The fertility tested fine, and the pH is alright, a bit on the high side, closer to 7 than 6, but it will do.
I didn't realize just how many strawberries I had! Not only did they produce "daughter" plants via runners, but they divided in the original containers! Some plants divided into three large plants. So, I originally thought I would have trouble filling the 4 x 8 bed with one plant per square foot, or 36. I lost track of the squares, but believe I transplanted 44. After I move the iris, there is room for a few more. I added four to the end of the cinder block bed, and still have about twenty left, not including the small ones I divided off the main clumps. I did break down and give away my potted "daughters" on Craigslist yesterday. That was twenty plants.
|"Daughter" plants I gave away on Craigslist - Oct. 1|
|New Strawberry Patch - September 30 (with a few overflow iris waiting for a permanent planting area)|
|This is what they looked like back in October 2011!|