Strawberries require well-drained soil rich in organic matter for optimum growth and fruit production. Careful attention to soil characteristics can prevent many diseases of strawberry plants. Plant strawberries in compost for improved drainage, increased nutrient levels and protection from black root rot and other strawberry plant diseases.
Compost is the ultimate garden fertilizer. Top dressing your gradens with compost not only looks lovely but also provides many benefits!
Compost contains virtually all the nutrients a living plant needs and delivers them in a slow-release manner over a period of years. Compost serves primarily as a soil conditioner, whether it’s spread in a layer on the soil surface or is dug in. A garden soil regularly amended with compost is better able to hold air and water, drains more efficiently, and contains a nutrient reserve that plants can draw on. The amended soil also tends to produce plants with fewer insect and disease problems. The compost encourages a larger population of beneficial soil microorganisms, which control harmful microorganisms. It also fosters healthy plant growth, and healthy plants are better able to resist pests. courtesy compostguide.com