So exciting that we finished transplanting our strawberries to the field this past week but will have to wait a good long time before we will hopefully indulge into some incredibly sweet berries.
What does it take to transplant strawberries?
First we sanitize our landscape plastic, which is a weed barrier, using a mild bleach solution. This requires us to pressure wash the plastic to remove dirt and debris so that the bleach comes in good contact with the plastic.
Meanwhile, while one is sanitizing the plastic, others of us (usually Carl) is preparing the beds for strawberries. We like for the soil to be loose, which is accomplished using a tractor mounted cultivator and running it through the field, mostly so the transplants have an easier time putting down good roots and becoming healthy plants to survive our cold winter.
After loosening the soil, we amend with Harmony Fertilizer, using our rotovator to make the beds all the while working the fertilizer into the soil. Once the beds are rotovated, we use our hiller (and reversing the discs), to make trenches so that we can secure the black landscape plastic to the soil.
Finally, after the beds are prepared and drip tape has been laid, we carefully hand transplant roughly 2,500 plants into the soil.