Strawberry Beds’ Fertility Maintained in Various Ways
The fertility of strawberry beds is maintained in various ways. Animal manures of various kinds are often used before the land is plowed. They are excellent sources of nutrients and they also supply organic matter to the soil. Stable manure may be used at a rate of 3 to 6 bushels to 100 square feet, and hen manure at about 1 to 2 bushels to 100 square feet. Gardeners who do not have access to manure can get along very well by using compost or by plowing under a heavy growth of clover or some other legume.