Excerpt from Strawberry Hand-Book
Preparation of the Soil. The soil should have been in some cultivated crop the year previous to a planting of strawberries, as this gives not only a soil in good tilth, but also guards against a too free growth of weeds and checks various ins... ect attacks. Red clover sod or land that has laid fallow, is apt to be infected with white grub and other insect enemies. A clover sod may contain large stores of plant food in the form of organic matter, but it will decompose so slowly that the plants will be kept back until late in the season, when a too free growth is not de sirable. If the clever sod or fallow land is plowed in the Spring and planted to a cultivated crop, it will be in excel lent condition for strawberry planting the following fall, Winter, or spring.
Plow thoroughly, even cross-plow if the soil is heavy. If cloddy, reduce to a fine condition by thorough harrowing. It will most always pay to subsoil, especially in sections given to droughts, as the capacity of the land to retain moisture is thereby increased. Clay lands should always be subsoiled.
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