|Playing tourist at Parksdale Farm Market in Plant City|
Parksdale Farm Market is a pretty cool place with plenty of touristy stuff and produce so it was a nice diversion for our trip home. They also sold the thin plastic cover that is helpful in planting the strawberry plants. The prices were more than reasonable. I'll be back every year if these strawberries take.
|Preparing the raised beds mounding and making furrows|
They also included directions with the strawberry seedlings detailing do's and don't s. They recommended making rows mounded up and then covering with the plastic cover. Fertilize between the furrows before covering with plastic. Then you plant the seedlings being careful to not plant them too deep. Make sure only the root areas go underground. The directions said the biggest mistake people make is to plant the seedlings too deep.
|Strawberry plants being carefully planted|
|The Lucky guy|
And finally the last step was to customize the irrigation system to precisely deliver water to the roots of the strawberry plants. To do this the existing irrigation hoses were removed and replaced with soaker hoses. The strawberry plants were planted a little closer together than the recommendation because we were trying to maximize the space we had. As it turned out 50 plants fit nicely into the above raised bed. I'll try to plant another 20 or so into standalone pots for experimentation. And if we're lucky we should be getting fresh strawberries from December until May.
|Strawberry irrigation system|