It's that time of year when we start preparing for the next growing season. We're deciding about crop rotations and where our specific cover crops will be planted. Strawberries are the first crop we will plant this fall for harvest in 2023. In 2016, after many years of buying plants from out of state, we finally took the leap to start propagating our own. This has given us a lot more control and we are able to insure we get our plants in the quantity need, and on schedule for Kentucky plant dates.
To propagate the plants, we place the cutting in seedling trays in our greenhouse under carefully monitored misting conditions until the runner tips are able to establish new roots in the potting media. The plants will grow in the greenhouse for several weeks, until they have established a strong root ball and can be transplanted outside into the fields.
This year we're excited to be growing certified organic strawberry plugs for many other organic farms in Kentucky, and it feels very special to be a part of so many other Kentucky CSA farms in this way. Here's to a successful start to the 2023 CSA season!