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Transplanting strawberries in autumn

Transplanted strawberryWe were disappointed with the flavor and size of our strawberries this spring, so we're working to remedy the situation.  A week or so ago, we renovated the one and a half year old beds, pulling out a lot of the plants so that the ones left behind had room to grow.  Meanwhile, we transplanted strawberries from the two and a half year old beds to start entirely new beds, in preparation for rotating the old strawberry beds into a garlic patch.

Most gardeners are used to planting new strawberries in the spring, and if I'd had my act together that would have been a good time to start my new beds.  But spring is such a frantically busy time in the garden that I never got a chance to touch the strawberries.  Instead, I'm following the lead of the local you-pick operation that transplants its strawberries in early September then eats fruits from them the next spring.  If you plant early enough in the fall --- and your plants don't die from the heat or get deer-munched during their critical period of gaining a foothold --- they should get enough fall sunlight to do nearly as well as spring planted strawberries. 

We experimented with planting strawberries in the middle of the summer (the end of June), and those plants mostly died.  The ones I planted a week ago, though, are doing well, already putting up new leaves.  I can't wait to taste them in spring 2010!

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