FIG. 18. WRONG AND RIGHT STRAWBERRY PLANTING

Food Gardens for Defense, 1942, M. G. Kains. Grosset & Dunlap. New York.

Within my own memory the improvement has been so astonishing that, were it possible to bring back the haloed berries of my boyhood, even I would pass them by and choose the twentieth-century models! Though perhaps 200 of 2,500 American varieties for a time have played leading roles in American gardening, probably less than 50 are today "stars."

Left, too shallow—roots dry out; right, too deep—crowns rot; center, correct—crown at ground surface.