Transplanting Strawberries

Transplanting strawberries for my garden on a warm day in winter, including how I mulched the strawberries using brown packing paper (yay for upcycling!) and weeded as I transplanted them.

This is how I transplanted all of my strawberry plants into new garden beds, weeding them as I went, and mulching them for the winter with paper.If you follow my blog, I wrote a Year in Review for Gardening in 2014 that discussed some of the changes that need to be made for the 2015 growing season. I decided to move my raised garden beds and I wanted to transplant my strawberries as well, seeing I wouldn't be able to move them and the bed at once. If you need to move your garden beds, read how I did that here.

All my other raised beds I cleared out for the winter, but the strawberries seem to survive each winter so they needed to be transplanted if I moved my garden beds. These beds were riddled with weeds because of the way the beds were positioned (next to my neighbor's yard- the neighbor who doesn't mow his lawn) so I needed to do some serious work.

These strawberry plants have really grown like crazy too so I was interested to see how many plants I had under all of those weeds. I was hoping to expand from one bed of strawberries to two- and I was able to do it easily. I think I started with only six small strawberry plants two years ago. Now I had about 15 larger plants to transplant. 
This was fairly easy. I used a shovel to dig under each plant, then lifted the whole plant out with my hands. I weeded the whole chunk of soil to pull out all the weeds, and picked off all the brown (dead) or yellow branches of the strawberry plant so I was left with just a healthy looking plant. Then I dug a hole in the soil and planted it in its new home.

Because it's winter and I was concerned transplanting them would make them more vulnerable, I wanted to put something down to keep them warmer. I looked up options for mulching strawberries and my options appeared to be newspaper or straw. I mulched my potatoes with straw this year and weeds ran rampant so I decided on newspaper. All I had, however, was a ton of this packaging material leftover from Christmas and it was PERFECT. No print or color, and it should definitely break down nicely in soil over time. Happy me!

I made sure to spread the brown packing paper throughout garden bed, splitting the pieces down the middle because otherwise they were too wide. I left the area around the plant roots free because I was reading they could get rot if you don't.

Here's a quick video:

Followup April 20, 2015: This has worked out great. At first I was concerned that they weren't coming back, but they are flourishing now! Two small plants did die. I was able to move another to that spot. I added some extra soil on top and I'll probably add some compost at some point. There are already flowers on the plants! 



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DIY Danielle: Transplanting Strawberries
Transplanting Strawberries
Transplanting strawberries for my garden on a warm day in winter, including how I mulched the strawberries using brown packing paper (yay for upcycling!) and weeded as I transplanted them.
DIY Danielle
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