The strawberries have been putting out new runners for a while now and today I made up a new bed to transplant some of the runners into. Every few years it is good practice to re-establish your strawberry beds as the older plants lose productivity and also the fertility of the bed drops off. This means that you need to have a bed set aside that you are going to use for your new season strawberries. We have about six beds of strawberries on the go and I try to establish two new ones each year, however of late this practice has been interrupted with the busy times that we have had so maybe I will do three new ones if I can.
Strawberry runners like to take root into the sawdust paths. When I know that the runner season is getting close I make sure that the paths beside the older beds are topped up with sawdust so the runners can get well established roots. This will enable an ease of transplanting straight into newly prepared beds.
The straw straw that we are using is is from the scything that I am becoming accustomed to and as the scythe cuts neatly the straw stays full length. This is a bit awkward to work with as is long and also I have left it a bit late to cut it making it coarse as well. Just before getting the scythe I used the neighbors ride on mower and it being a twin blade machine it double cuts the material and I find this too fine. I am now trying to find the optimum time to scythe the grass so that we end up with a nice usable mulch.
I am enjoying the scything. It is interesting that you are able to do the mowing and whipper snipping procedures in the one pass. This eliminates fuel and parts for both machines. Also I found that I seldom seemed to get to the whipper snipping job. This means that as I am scything under the fence it is a bit of a struggle as the grass is old and tough because it is more than a year since it has been cut. The next time I scythe here it will be quicker . I carry a small rice knife to trim around the fence posts as I go.
Check out the cows, I think they like this cell!!
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