Often, gardeners are unhappy with certain popular varieties of garden plants. But each variety is unique and requires certain conditions of maintenance and care.
- About the timing of the site change
- Harvest timing
Such a berry, illegally accused by many gardeners, is the strawberry Lord. Many complained that this variety is characterized by rapid growth and thickening of the bushes, as a result of which the berries rot in the thick of the leaves or are not sweet enough due to the fact that they do not have enough sun.
But if you grow the variety Lord correctly, then it will not cause any trouble, but will delight you with large and tasty berries. What needs to be considered when growing Lord strawberries?
Lord is a perennial strawberry that responds very well to abundant feeding with organic fertilizers. Thanks to them, the weight of the berries and the richness of their taste increase dramatically.
In order for the strawberry bushes not to turn into impassable jungle, at the time of planting, they should be placed in a checkerboard pattern, and not one after another in the garden. Then each bush will have enough room to grow, and the berries of sunlight for ripening and ventilation, which will help to avoid gray rot. Of course, you should loosen the soil around the strawberry bushes in a timely manner, remove the mustache and water it. To support the peduncles, it is recommended to install pegs or slingshots so that the berries do not touch the ground, do not rot and are carried above the surface of the bush in the sun.
In order to get a harvest in any weather and not spend efforts on weed control, it is good to mulch the Lord's planting with pine needles.
When the period of return frosts has passed, old leaves are removed from the strawberry bushes. At the moment when young leaves of strawberries appear, the entire plot is covered with dry needles with a layer of 5 cm. Weeds do not germinate through the coniferous flooring, and when watering from a watering can, the soil does not compact.
Mulching saves the effort of frequent watering and tillage throughout the season. During rains, the mulch layer protects the Lord's berries from pollution.
All worries about caring for the Lord until the end of the berry picking are reduced to feeding, watering and rationing young bushes. Usually, two mustaches with one or two first rosettes are left on the bush. For their rooting, it is necessary to push the needles apart and, if the outlet “does not obey”, pin it to the ground.
After harvesting, many gardeners prefer to remove the needles from the plot, dry them in the sun, then store them in ventilated areas until spring. So the mulching layer can last 4 years without adding new needles.
About the timing of the site change
Since the Lord is picky about soil fertility, just like all strawberries, it is advisable to grow him permanently in one place for no more than 4 years. If this is not possible, gardeners carefully fill the plots with organic matter and extend the life of their "strawberry meadows" by decades.
It is necessary to lay only mature organic matter (manure humus, compost), since the Lord's root system is located close to the surface and can be burned. In addition, it is necessary to protect your favorite variety from diseases and pests. Since spraying strawberries with chemistry is dangerous to health, parsley, marigolds, marigolds, garlic are planted in the aisles.
Parsley will protect the berries from the invasion of slugs. Marigolds and marigolds - from a nematode. Garlic perfectly protects plants from pathogenic fungi.
On the site, using simple methods, you can shift the maturation of the Lord to a later period, or to an early one. It is possible to shift the period by 2 weeks and lengthen the general collection period of the Lord by delaying the beginning of the growing season. This is achieved by sheltering strawberries in early spring with sawdust and straw at a time when the snow has not melted yet.
On the contrary, to accelerate ripening, they stimulate early vegetation, covering the plantations with various film shelters. You can cover Lord with a film at a time when the air temperature rises above -5 degrees. At first, they carefully monitor the tightness of the shelter. Then they make sure that the temperature does not exceed 25 degrees.
For pollination of plants (at an external air temperature of about 5 degrees) during flowering, you need to ventilate the shelters. For this, the film is lifted from the sides of the greenhouse. If the danger of night frost passes, then the film can be left uncovered at night.
During the period of active growth of berries, the covering film is not opened for airing. And when the berries begin to turn red, the coatings can be completely removed.
As you can see, the Lord strawberry is not as whimsical as it seemed to many, you just need to know about some of the nuances of its cultivation, so as not to hang the badge of an unsuccessful one on a wonderful variety.