The strawberry plants are starting to put out new growth. I took a rake and went over the bed raking out any dead growth and leaves that have blown into the bed over winter. We have sycamore trees and their huge leaves blow everywhere and take forever to break down. I will put them in the compost pile instead.
I trimmed up any dead runners that the rake didn't get and pulled the weeds that were just sprouting. Above you can see new leaves just emerging from the crown.
Once it is completely weeded I am going to add some blood and bone meal and compost tea then reapply clean straw mulch before they get too big. That should hold them over until after they produce.
Strawberries for us are such an easy perennial crop to grow. We simply clean them out and mulch well in the spring, add occasional soil amendments and fertilizer and pick them in June. I do replant my beds every 3 to 4 years but for the wonderful fruit you get they are very little work!
How's your strawberry patch?
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