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- April 19, 2008 at 10:09 am #27680AnonymousInactive
You say that your berries are ever-bearing, but at least as important to know is the variety name: Some just aren’t as large or tasty as others. And ever-bearing varieties (as well as day-neutral kinds) are usually smaller-fruited than June-bearers that only produce the single crop.
So variety can come into the picture.
So can moisture (as with any fruit crop); the best yield of best-quality fruit will be with an even supply of moisture through the growing season, but especially when the fruit is forming–a deep soaking of an inch or two a week at the roots, not just a spritz with the hose-end sprayer.
Strawberry patches should be cleaned up each year and "renovated" (this bulletin from University of Illinois tells how, along with a good description of the hill method of planting, http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/strawberries/growing.html).
And yes, they like to be fed. Usually this is recommended in July or thereabouts, with a balanced fertilizer. And at winter’s end and again when you renovate the bed each year, compost, compost, compost.
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