Biodynamic farming is a type of organic farming established in 1924 by Rudolph Steiner. The pesticides, artificial fertilizers and herbicides that modern farmers use not only compromise the health of the resulting food but of the land it is grown on. Biodynamic farming uses no artificial additives to grow food. Instead, it seeks to create a balance in the micro-ecosystem in which the plants are growing. Planting biodynamic strawberries and other fruits will result in healthier food and sustainable land.
Choose a plot of land that has few weeds growing on it. Weeds are an indicator that the soil in that area is nutritionally poor. If you have no choice in the matter, remove the weeds and their root systems before planting. In addition to nutritious soil, strawberries need full sun.
Till the soil to a depth of 8 inches. Use a hand or rototiller to upturn and mix the soil until it is an even consistency. Remove any rocks or plant debris that you find.
Spread a 2-inch layer of aged compost over the area. Till again to mix the compost evenly into the soil. Use a rake to smooth the planting area.
Plant your strawberries three weeks after you prepare the soil. Pull off the leaves from the strawberry plant so that only two to three of the largest, healthiest leaves remain. Remove the strawberry plants from their containers and plant them at the same depth that they were planted in their containers. The root crown, where the leaves grow from, should be level with the soil. Do not cover their roots with more than 1 inch of soil. Neighboring plants should be planted 18 to 30 inches apart (depending on the variety--ask the experts at the nursery for specific instructions for the type of strawberry you are planting). Rows should be 3 to 4 feet apart.
Water each plant with 1 pint of water. Water slowly, using a watering can. Stop when water pools on the surface of the soil. Once it absorbs, resume watering. Avoid wetting the strawberries' foliage as much as you can.