FOR A HEALTHY STRAWBERRY PLANT IT NEXT TO GARLIC
If you do not pester garlic with unnecessary care and give it a little "naughty" on the side, there is an opportunity to reap a double benefit from this. Although, no - triple.
GARLIC AND STRAWBERRY ARE NOT Opposite
Black and white, day and night, water and stone, ice and fire are opposites. But spicy garlic and sweet strawberries - are they also opponents? Not at all! On the contrary, they are good neighbors who support and complement each other.
Next to garlic, tender strawberries feel healthy and free from pests.
This is what I was primarily guided by when my husband began to plant strawberries five years ago. We ourselves are indifferent to this berry, but our grandchildren adore it. However, I wrote these lines and thought: would we still have decided on this if we did not have beds with garlic? After all, we managed to find a common language with him, and therefore we have not complained about the harvest for a long time.
In general, they began to breed strawberries from four bushes. We put them in the place of the most suitable predecessor - garlic. That one just ripened in early August, and we removed it. So the site is ready - the land is "charged" with fertilizers and cleared of diseases. But, as it turned out later, several heads and teeth disappeared from me during harvesting and remained in the soil. And, of course, they sprouted next spring. But we did not begin to remove these "partisans".
STRAWBERRY + GARLIC = SUCCESS
I cannot boast of perfect beds with even rows of strawberries: we have it growing chaotically. Mother bushes throw mustaches with new rosettes everywhere - where they "landed", there we root them. If it gets cramped for them, we place them on another empty area, where before that, of course, garlic grew. And thus we expand the plantation. And among the bushes, proud arrows throw up garlic, which once went unnoticed in the soil.
And now I want to talk about the stalks of garlic with globular inflorescences on the tops. We cut them off somewhere in the first half of summer so that they do not take power from the plants, otherwise the heads will not fill up. And after this operation, hemp with a height of 10 to 20 cm remains above the surface of the garlic bed.
Later, when it comes to harvesting, these shoots sticking out of the ground serve as marks for us: they say, here I am, garlic - here! Pull me out!
And we do not throw away those cut off tops. After all, they can be "fermented" and then the resulting infusion (of course, diluted with water beforehand) to water various garden crops from ailments and pests. Yes, the same strawberries, for example. In short, garlic, as they say, is well done from all sides. Personally, I would give him the title of the king of the garden.
And I want to share one more interesting observation. For a long time I drew attention to the characteristic feature of the already mentioned globular tops of garlic. Once I accidentally threw a bunch of them on the ground, and after a while I see that on some of them the bulbs continue to grow and get stronger.
I began to watch them further. A little more time passed, and they turned into an excellent seed. In the fall, I dug up the soil under them and left them alone. And in the spring they sprouted, over the summer they grew well, gained strength, and in the end I collected several solid garlic heads of this kind, ready to eat! And in just one season!
Since then, I have been doing this all the time: I throw cut bulbs on some of the free dividing nights and then get an additional high-quality crop.
But back to the relationship between garlic and strawberries. There is one nuance that, as it may seem, complicates the harvest a little: a new berry bush thrown out by a strawberry mustache sometimes clings to the soil close to the very place where the garlic sprouts. But in fact, this is not a problem either. Moreover, with careful work, on the contrary, you can even benefit from it. It is necessary to be extremely careful with a garden pitchfork (unlike a shovel, they do not damage the roots of a strawberry bush) slightly pry the soil, then gently pull a piece of stem sticking out of the ground and pull the garlic out onto the mountain. And what, ask, is the benefit? So after all, the soil slightly stirred with a pitchfork will allow the strawberry roots to inhale a portion of oxygen. This is additional loosening. Then water the plant again, and it will only thank you.
I caught the stages of all my work in a photographic lens. Here you will find scattered bulbs on "bald patches", and the moment of prying garlic with a garden pitchfork at the foot of a strawberry bush, and specimens obtained from bulbs (both last year and the year before), which have already grown into full-fledged heads with several cloves. And I didn't forget to take off the treat for my grandchildren!
GARLIC AND STRAWBERRY - COMBINED PLANTING: VIDEO
© Author: R. Mukhametzyanova Orenburg region.
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