Strawberries grow best
on light land; if heavy, it will tend to be badly
drained in winter when the roots may decay because
of red core, turning red at the centre and causing
the plant to die back. But light land will need
plenty of humus and this may be given as peat
and garden compost. Unlike other fruits, strawberries
crop better in a slightly acid soil and peat will
encourage this. With it, mix in any other form
of humus to bind the soil.
Clean land is essential, for the plants send out
in all directions runners which take root, and
it is impossible to clean round the plants later.
Also, in weed-infested land the weeds deprive
the plants of moisture and soon the strawberries
begin to die back. If you are planting in newly
turned turf land, treat for wireworm before planting.