Wayne County got hit by frost Sunday night/Monday morning. Most everything at the Orchard came through fine, but the strawberries being right on the ground, got the coldest air. We got a little damage, but nothing catastrophic. So I figured I’d take the “opportunity” to show what a damaged strawberry blossom looks like.
DON’T WORRY, it’s a very small percentage of our crop. We’ll still have plenty of strawberries in a few weeks!! But it demonstrates where the cold air settled into the low parts of the field. Even frost protection isn’t perfect.
We’ve spent the last couple weeks replanting some of the strawberry fields. We rotate the strawberries on approximately a three year cycle, so any year you come to pick berries, you’ll almost always see part of the field with young plants in it. This keeps the plants young and producing the biggest berries, and it also keeps the weeds and plant diseases under control. Of course, it’s a lot more work than keeping the plants longer!
Two people ride on the transplanter and alternately feed bare root dormant strawberry plants onto the wheel. The transplanter makes a furrow, and the wheel turns and drops the plant in, as the two small tires in the back push dirt back in around the plant. The tank on the back waters the plants as we go.
Everything else is looking great out in the field!