Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist: issued monthly, under the management of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the purpose of disseminating the horticultural information collected through the agency of the society
Vol. I, No. 6 (August 1896)
Manwell, Allan D.
Renovating the old strawberry bed, p. 20 PDF (188.5 KB)
2V ISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. RENOVATINEC THE OLD STRAWBERRY BED. _As sOOnI as tile lbed is dlone fruiting. mnmov with an ordinary 1IIO\ilwng mac;I'hillne, and a111vo tlle plants to lie for three or four (dlvS, mitil the leaves becomle tlioroughly dly. Stack upl) the 51l'l\V 01' I1i mulch betweell tle rows. beinl carefill not to sCet- ter it too llelvily (oil tile rovs. AWhei all is well dried, and a1 g(m breeze is bl)iiwjg. fromll thle proper quarter. set it onl ti ic. 'the tire ,liust rn rapidly over tlle latch, so as not to kiill the IOOtS of tile 1dailnts. As sooll as it has burned o\ver, 1 egill c iilti\ltilng betweell III( rmws. 'Nalrrow thlese r(ws dow-vn to onle foot ill widthi. After cultivatilig. thlorouglb drog the field. Loosen ll) thie soil about thie pllilts and level the u0n 0illd. After this. cultivate once a w eek. thle sae as plants Set ill illc sprillg. A tol-dr'esisig of well rotted nmaire is also \elrv beiieticial at this seasoIl iof tile yea i. as it p1roliiotes ai g(Iod heialthiv growt hi of vines for thie Iext s(iasOIl 5'0 crop. Renlemiber to cultivate ;it Onle ;Iftei buriiilng,. as the ashes are still oil te glrouild and will aid lwinlticiall' ill fertilizillg lile iiext (ear1s 1C11). If neglec(ted for SO11W (LIa!S, thie aSheS Illa1y iwe blownl (ff.-Allanl . z1l inwell. AN EASY WAY TO IRRI(GATE. I ala1 a belihver in shalllow anld (OltinhillmS clultivatiOin for all hoed crolps. In ilix we-tlher tllhere is no Other NvaN ill 'which wve canl lock 111p so lilluillmoistuire lilntil tile rl(Oots are aible to) appropriate it. Keep off tile ground wh-ieln it is wet, but just as oo(n as it is in eonditioin to work. cultivate with tfle lbest tool you have at halnld. List sprilig I purelhased a -weeder No. 4. witlh cur-ved teeth. ;lnld I must say! that I never used I tool that lpleasedl me so much, Or that saved so much- linbor. My strawvbierries vere taken care of -with Ihis tool lip to JulIv with onl (lle lianh landlolilIg. a1(1 I Ilever had straw- berrv fields so free from wee(ds. I Ilaven't felt the need *f ir- r igation onl strawvberry fields tlle first season, as by saialloh cuiltivatiotI in dry times thle plants canll e kept growing.- (T. C. Eddy.l 24!
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