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Strawberry bed at the end of the season.

Strawberry bed at the end of the season (with a hanging cow windsock/scarecrow).

The strawberries were my favorite item in the garden this summer.  They were so sweet, and there were so many of them.  Everything went really well; No mold, no birds eating them before us, no problems!  But strawberries spread like crazy and get really messy rather quickly (that was our problem last year).  They have a rather short life, too.  Three years. That’s it. Then it’s time for new ones. Given that they produce tons of “runners” every season, it is cost free to replace them.   My blogging friend Claire of Promenade Plantings http://promenadeplantings.com/ mentioned that the first plant on a runner is the best to use.  I like getting tips like that!

Super fresh!

Super fresh from the garden!

My husband took full ownership of strawberry care this season.  Well, except for the weeding, that is always my job!  This week he and my daughter did a lot of work preparing them for next year.  They dug up the entire bed, removed the oldest plants, potted up the healthy runner plants, and replanted the one year old plants.  It is so cool having their help!

After digging up the old plants, the newer ones are replanted.

After digging up the old plants, the newer ones are replanted.

Potting up the runner plants.

Potting up the runner plants.

I'll admit it was a bit of work (for my husband!) tidying up this bed!

I’ll admit it was a bit of work (for my husband and daughter!) tidying up this bed!

A neat and tidy new strawberry bed.

A neat and tidy new strawberry bed.

You can see the difference in the two beds in the photo above!  The second bed in the back still needs to be done.  This month is really the ideal time to do it. Thankfully, there are still a few weeks left to get that finished!

‘Cause we want to be able to make more strawberry ice cream like we did this year!

Homemade strawberry ice cream!

Homemade strawberry ice cream!

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my post from earlier this summer on strawberries: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/bumper-crop-of-strawberries-an-angel-food-cake-recipe-with-strawberries/

View of the garden in August.

View of the garden in August (after clearing up one strawberry bed).

A geranium plant grown from seed.

A geranium plant grown from seed.

I had to have a flower photo to finish this post!  My father-in-law grew a bunch of geranium plants from seed for me.  I was rather late in asking him to grow them, so they are only now blooming!  But I’m enjoying them very much. 🙂

I hope I’ve maybe inspired you to try growing strawberries!  Feel free to ask a friend if they have extra plants as they really do grow like crazy.

Happy Planting!
Dana

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