This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is unnecessary to tell the readers of the Gardener's Monthly the advantage of pot-grown plants, since the editor has given them for years. Still the bare statement of facts and experiences in different localities and soils often gives rise to new ideas.
In preparing ground for strawberries last spring, we marked off one acre to be planted with Glendale, but failing to procure plants enough to cover more than a quarter of it, the rest was kept in good cultivation to be ready as soon as runners could be had from those planted. Notwithstanding the severe drouth, we had several thousand well-rooted pot plants by the first week in August, which we planted while the thermometer stood quivering high in the nineties. They were thoroughly watered in the pots just before planting, but received no more after that, neither rain nor dew for weeks, nor were they shaded. The only loss was from white grub.
September 7th we received several hundred pot plants from Rochester, N, Y., which had suffered some on the way and had wilted so that many of the leaves had to be cut off. The thermometer recorded 102° in the shade and 130° in the sun the day they were planted. They were firmly planted and thoroughly watered by forming a basin of soil about each plant, large enough to hold half a gallon. About seventy-five pails of water to one hundred plants were applied, and after it had soaked away, dry earth was carefully drawn about the plants. They were also shaded for one day with the papers in which the plants were shipped. All the plants lived and are doing exceedingly well, apparently willing to give any amount of runners if they were permitted. Many who looked on smiled at the idea of planting strawberries during such a drouth and heat. They will laugh at the other end of the mouth when they eat strawberries from these plants. The plot is a high rolling piece of ground, composed of clay mixed with sand.