Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Pearson, C. L.
Your family strawberry bed, pp. 17-20 PDF (895.7 KB)
SUMMER MEETING. Prof. Moore: We get larger returns from our Pearl bushes than the Downing. Mr. Ke'logg: That paper is a very good paper for the be- ginner. I got one promising idea from it, that of flavoring jams and jellies with the chinch bug. YOUR FAMILY STRAWBERRY BED. C. L. PEARSON, Baraboo. Growing strawberries is such an easy task that I will not make it appear difficult by reading a long essay. A family strawberry bed is easily within the reach of every farmer or any person who owns or controls a few rods of tillable ground; their cul- tivation is a pleasure while you are anticipating the possibilities of an enormous yield of the lucious fruit strictly home grown and the fun really begins with the ripening of the berries. Having available ground the next question is in regard to plants; order of a reliable plant grower and you will be likely to get varieties which will pollenize and bear fruit. I have known farmers to order plants of nursery agents at $2.50 a hundred and when fruiting time came round there were no berries. The cause of failure being the improper mating of varieties. Good plants can be bought at $1.00 'a hundred or less and two hundred plants will supply a large family with berries besides some big ones to brag about and give to your friends. A good list of varieties is Warfield, Beder Wood, Dun- lap, Crescent, Sample and Aroma and there are others. The ground should be prepared early in the spring as for other garden crops. About May, 1st is the best time for trans- planting. A spade or garden trowel can be used in setting the plants which should be in rows about 31/2 ft. apart and 18 inches apart in the rows. The soil should be firmly pressed about the roots. A family strawberry bed can be cultivated with a hoe and garden rake but if a horse and cultivator are available so much the better. If the plants send out too many runners cut off some of them and the result will be larger plants and better fruit. About Nov. 1st cover the plants lightly with straw or some 2-H. S. 17
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