To change her mind.
On July 24, I planted this new bed of Fort Laramie strawberries.
Today I dug them all up. Don't worry, I relocated most of them.
They went here....
They'll get watered in well, and hopefully enjoy their new location.
Here's the reason I moved the Fort Laramie berries. This is the Tristar strawberry bed that has become too matted and overgrown. The last two berry harvests have yielded way too many soft, moldy berries, so it had to be cleared out. I've been wanting to tear out this old raised bed, so I decided to make two narrower (3' wide) beds in the main garden for next year. At first I was planning on one bed of Tristar and one of Fort Laramie, but I really do like the flavor of the Tristar over the Fort Laramie. They are much smaller, therefore more difficult to pick, but for us the smaller, softer berry is so much better tasting than the big, firm Fort Laramie. So the final decision was to make two new beds of Tristar.
One bed was planted last night, and they are looking nice and perky today. Don't even look at the crooked rows....I planted the bed, then I measured it and found it was crooked, so I built up the sides to make it a perfect 3' width. Once the plants fill in, nobody will even notice! Only small young plants were used, the older woody plants were disposed of. I will try really hard to keep the runners and blossoms cut off of these new plants for the rest of the season so they can put all of their energy into developing strong roots.
Tonight, as it cools and the sun begins to set, I'll start on strawberry bed #2. In the meantime, the old strawberry bed will get a good soaking, so I can move as much soil as possible with the plants.