|L to R: Curt, Dan B., Mike (half hidden), Bob |
Not pictured: Joy and Toni
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As part of our office Earth Day project, a team moved the new strawberry beds into place, filled them with fresh new soil, and transplanted the strawberry plants.
We have struggled with invasive weeds and grasses creeping into our strawberry patch. The berries have shallow roots that don't compete well with weeds and can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools. A raised bed will help isolate this crop from these pesky invaders.
Another advantage of these raised beds is that we can start with fresh soil that meets the needs of these wonderful plants.
Strawberries need some special attention to avoid overcrowding and to prevent the fruit from rotting or being stolen by birds. Having a bed that contains just strawberries makes it much easier to tend the plants and protect them with bird netting. Bird netting will be our next project.
Thank you to Curt, Joy, Dan B., Bob, Mike and Toni for all of your work on these raised strawberry beds!