This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Mr. John B. Moore, of Concord, Mass., in a recent lecture on market gardening , gave his method of cultivating Strawberries for the Boston market. He said that there were several methods of treating the Strawberry plant, and he had tried the following, with great success:
Set out the plants in rows, four feet apart, and about fifteen inches apart in the rows; the spaces between the plants must be cultivated with a hand cultivator until about the first of July; then take a runner from each side of the plant and lay it in at right angles to form a new plant; after the new plant is well rooted, the string which attached it to the old plant must be cut; in this way three rows of plants are produced, where there was only one before, each row lying about a foot apart from the others.
Mr. Moore, in illustration of the profitableness of Strawberry culture, referred to an experiment recently made by B. W. Emerson, his townsman, at Concord, Mass. Mr. Emerson has seven or eight acres of land, and, as his hired man was unemployed a considerable portion of the time in summer, he inquired of the speaker as to the most profitable crop he could set him to raising. The speaker advised him to try Strawberries. He did so, and planted an eighth of an acre with Wilson's Albany seedling. The second year after planting, or in 1869, he raised 1,000 boxes of Strawberries, which sold for $300. Last year he also had a good crop, but not so large as the year previous, on account of the unfavorable nature of the season.