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3 > Image 3 of Kentucky fruit notes, vol. 1, No. 5, December, 1938 to January, 1939

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

l ` THE THREE "Ws" AND HOW date set for mulching straw- or OF MULCHING STRAW- berries. But where much freezing er BERRIES weather occurs, it is much better iB By M_ p_ NICHOLS. County Agent, to mulch lll tl8.I`ly WlIllZI 18.tZl1I Z rrr Muhlenberg County, Greenville, Ky. than early spring. ` W_ _ """ _ _ 9. Mulch as soon as the ground f m, Edt<>rS Note-ThS 15 the tyre freezes; this usually Occurs of lHfOYmtlOH SCI]? out County Shortly after Thanksgiving in 2;; Agent l\1ehols for strawberry `yestcru Keutueky_ . er i'0W'?i`$ _ iii his 90UiiiY Vile 10. Heavy mulching before the i ' thought it worthwhile to pass it ground freezes may result in Some j K Y OD. to all of YOU. I`IC \V8.I1tS HIB.d disease attacks, Similar to damp- Q 0** clear that his statements arc ing eg Of plants in a hot bed when I ng l)HS(l OH OYCY }CZII`S, CXPCTICHCC improperly and too heavily , . eu; witl1 strawberries in \Vestern \vutCId_ ; ng- Kentucky and are written for with What? F Muhlenberg County conditions ll- Straw is probably the best ; amd mic. not to be caiistdmd es material to recommend generally l W- instructions for all of kentucky. for mulchirrg berries. l W 12. Weeds or hay, but before l Hd S t r a w b c r r 1 c s should be Seed Set, Cane pumice Shariugu S iiiichd sawdust, and other materials may l 2 ms Why? be used if certain precautions are l iitii 1. High grade trade will not taken, Use sawdust only as a last . iii*` buy berries with grit or dirt resort. Never use leaves for splashed upon them by rain. mulch. i i mc Mulch keeps them clean. 13. Any materials containing l { OSC 2. Mulching helps keep weaker good should be stacked loosely L `c plants. especially in ground dc- near the patch that it may become l ; t void of humus. from winter kill- thoroughly wetted and heat. This q iS ing and pulling out by freezes. insures the sprouting of the seed, { i thc 3. Mulch in most fields greatly and lighter materials will become 3 iil increases the yield per acre. better fixed and the wind will less { i` is 4. 'l`he size and quality of the likely blow it off the plants after S50' berries are improved. spread. 4 6 H 5. Mulch spread on the crown HOW? _ i`S` of the matted rows works between M_ A feuupreuged Shure as iiic I`0`$ ii}` tim iiciioii Oi iiic `iiid handled manure fork is iprobablv and Yiiiiis iiiiii iicclis the Pickers the best tool to use with all strawy Emi out of the mud in the early morn- Hmmr.ialS_ {Tl rr iiig iiiiii Him? i`iiiiiS 15. lf the ground is sudiciently rrgnl _ 6. Mulch helps prcyent leach- Erm, much labor can be Saved by row- H12 mid Wasiiiiig and iiiiiiiiY iidiis using a team and sled or wagon fertility and humus to thc ground to haul the Straw Over the patch M when it is plowed under or worked Spread it us you gO_ Dont ever you iii _ pile it on the plants. . M. 7. Mulch holds thc soil at a 16_ One to two tous d1~57ight eg lean, more even and lower temperature Of Straw per acre are the limits to ui YO"' in $Pi`iiiSy tiiiis by i`0iiii`iiiiS' de' stay within. On the high, poor . i`i0Pi11' of bloom T