No amount of care in
supplying the correct fertilisers will be of any
value unless they are worked well into the soil.
Clean ground is essential, for most fruits are
permanent crops and it is difficult to clean the
ground after planting without damaging the roots.
It is best to bring the ground into condition
is autumn, whilst it is still dry and in a friable
condition. Double digging or trenching is necessary,
in order to work in the humus to a depth of at
least two ‘spits’ or spades, about
As trenching is done, it is advisable to treat
the ground for wire-worms and millipedes, which
feed upon the roots of raspberries and strawberries
in particular. Everything must be done to ensure
that the fruits are given the conditions necessary
to crop well over a long period of time.