©By Deborah S. Tukua
If you haven’t yet constructed a strawberry pyramid in your yard this spring, there’s still time! On March 29th we discussed setting the pyramid up in your yard. You’ll want to read that information first. Once you’ve set up a round 3-tier pyramid with metal rings or a square one using landscape timbers, it’s time to add soil and plant the strawberries.
Helpful Strawberry Planting Tips:
1. Locate flat ground that receives eight hours of sun daily to construct the pyramid. Use a level when setting up the pyramid to avoid water runoff later. Add or remove soil beneath the pyramid until you have it level.
2. Strawberries do well in sandy soil. When adding good topsoil to your pyramid beds, also add some peat, such as potting soil and some sand to keep the soil from getting too compacted.
3. To help the strawberries off to a great start, add fertilizer, such as 10-10-10 to the soil too.
4. Leave about 12” inches between plants when placing them in the pyramid.
5. Place each strawberry plant in the bed so that just the roots are below the soil.
6. The portion of the plant that the stems are attached to is called the crown. The crown should be planted right at soil level, so that part of it is above the ground and part of it is below the ground.
7. As with all raised beds, the tendency to dry out exists. Give ample watering. Establishing the pyramid on level ground and using the sprinkler at the very top will promote uniform watering of the plants.
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