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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 18, 2015 6:18 PM CST
I need to add soil to my Strawberry bed. It was new 2 years ago and the soil has settled and the plants are now low in their raised bed and I fear they are not getting enough air/light. My question is when is the best time to dig them up, add soil, and transplant them? They are mostly June bearing and a few in the upper tier are everbearing. Also, can someone tell me the best soil mixture to add to their bed? I will edit to add a picture of my Strawberry bed when I can find the photo. Thanks in advance. Jeanne (gardenglassgems)
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 18, 2015 7:06 PM CST
You may be able to get away with doing it now. Have they sunk that low though? Why would you think they aren't getting enough air/light? They probably aren't doing anything yet for you (still dormant). If I were you, I would wait until after they are finished producing this year before I transplanted and then, only the new runners. I can't speak for everbearing, I don't grow them.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 18, 2015 7:45 PM CST
Here is a picture of my strawberry bed. I feel that they are sunk down to far past the top of the cattle bale feeder that they are in. What do you think?
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Thank you Arlene for getting back to me about my question. I think they are sunk down now even further than they were in this picture.
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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Mar 18, 2015 8:07 PM CST
Usually you don't want to do anything with your strawberries if they have broken dormancy. Most of the time in my zone, everbearing strawberries are transplanted or reworked after their bearing season late August into early fall and then sometimes when they are dormant as long as the ground isn't frozen. You may be able to get away with layering some soil material around the plants at this time but avoid covering them.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 18, 2015 10:08 PM CST
Thank You! Duane. I think I will wait until after they are done bearing their berries. I have enough spring cleanup to do in my yard and gardens as it is so if I can get by without having to transplant my Strawberries now, that is a good thing.

When it is time to add more soil, is there a mixture that works best for Strawberries?
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