Video: March Is The Time For Strawberries
In strawberries, the bulk of the roots is located in the upper layer, which should be loose, and best of all create a fertile layer and accelerate fruiting microorganisms of the microbiological preparation "Baikal EM-1".
Long-term practice indicates that strawberries respond well to beneficial microflora - the yield and fruiting period increase, the taste of berries and resistance to diseases improve.
Despite the well-established opinion about the capriciousness of strawberries, with EM technology, caring for them will not be difficult. In a couple of years, you will not have to change the place for growing strawberry bushes, due to the fact that they become small, get sick and give a small harvest. Experiments show that with "Baikal EM-1" strawberries can give a good harvest in one place up to 12 years.
If you have this berry crop, then, as soon as the snow melts and warm weather sets in, spray the plants with a solution of "Baikal EM-1" 1: 1000 for 3-4 days from a fine spray until the branches and leaves are completely wetted. Apply EM-solution weekly, once a week water the garden bed from a watering can, at the rate of 2-3 liters of working solution "Baikal EM-1" (1 tablespoon per 10 liters of water) per 1 sq.m. To increase soil fertility, alternate watering from a watering can with an extractor hood from fresh EM compost. This will increase resistance to putrefactive infections. Large, sweet and very fragrant berries will then serve as a reward.
The rest period between the first and second fruiting in remontant varieties is reduced by a month. Having removed the first crop, the beds are abundantly spilled with a solution of microbiological fertilizer "Baikal EM-1" (2 tablespoons per bucket of water) and mulched. After 10 days, the treatment is repeated.
The plantation must be mulched. Mulch is a good helper. It maintains an optimal soil temperature, reduces the risk of gray rot. The day before picking the berries, spray well with a solution of the drug (1 tsp for 5 liters of water). This will allow them to better transfer transportation and store longer.
If you have no experience with this culture, then it's time to start! For the best yield of the berry plantation, you can lay a high bed. Place it from north to south, 0.5-1 m wide, length of your choice. To do this, we dig a trench, remove the top soil by 10-12 cm, clean it from weeds and roots and fold it, for example, to the left of the trench. Fold the second layer down to the floor with a shovel bayonet on the right. In the resulting trench we put organic matter, weeds, plant residues, cleanings that we prepared in advance. All this is well moistened with an EM solution with a concentration of 1: 100. After that, fill it with a layer of earth, which was removed with the second, and finish with the top layer. Water the resulting bed again with an EM solution of 1: 100 and leave the bed to ripen for 2-3 weeks. During this time, we water it 2-3 times, preventing the earth from drying out.We remove germinating weeds with a cultivator. With the help of efficient microorganisms, organic waste will decompose and become compost. In the process of decomposition, heat is released and the soil warms up.
If you grow berry seedlings yourself, then keep in mind that it will grow slowly, but this is not scary, since the second half of August is considered the best time for planting berry seedlings. We plant bushes in 2-3 rows. The distance between the strawberry bushes is 10 - 15 cm, if it is thick, break through the excess. After a week, when the seedlings take root, start watering with 1: 1000 EM solution.
Before the onset of winter, 2-3 such feeding is enough. Also, do not forget to add ash by sprinkling or dissolving the ash in water, and water with the EM solution. If desired, you can sow winter rye on strawberries. It helps to clear the soil from pests. In June, mulch the garden with cut shoots. With the help of straw, we protect the berry crop from damage.
Carry out the second treatment at the beginning of flowering with an EM solution 1: 1000.
With the use of EM preparations, strawberry harvesting will be earlier. After harvest, do not cut the leaves, just remove the old ones. If you remove the leaves completely, then the next year the harvest will decrease by a quarter! This is because the re-growth of foliage coincides with the budding of the next year.