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What you need:
  • Strawberry plants
  • 3'-4' wide black plastic
  • Knife
  • Spade
Planting strawberries into black plastic has several advantages. The black plastic keeps weeds at bay, conserves soil moisture, keeps the fruit clean, and also warms the soil ... encouraging early fruit development. The soil should be moistened before laying down the plastic. Unroll a 3' or 4' wide piece of black plastic over the area you wish to plant in.
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Dig two 6" deep trenches that run parallel to each other and are about 18" apart.
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Tuck the plastic into the trenches. Backfill soil into the trenches, anchoring the plastic in place.
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Cut X-shaped slits in the plastic at 18" intervals.
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Plant one strawberry plant per opening. Firm the soil around the plants.
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Drip irrigation and soaker hoses are the preferred methods of watering strawberries planted into black plastic, however a watering can or hose held close the crown of the plant works as well.