Grow Your Own
Delicious, Fruity & Fresh
Click below to see how to grow strawberries in your garden:
Decide Your Variety
First, decide the strawberry varieties you want to grow in your garden. There are many to choose from to work with your specific garden needs. These are the three main types:
June Bearing Strawberries produce one large crop in the spring.
Day Neutral Strawberries produce smaller quantities of fruit throughout the spring and summer, no matter how much daylight they get.
Everbearing Strawberries yield two or three crops of berries during the growing season.
Plant Your Strawberry Plants
When planting bare root strawberries from a nursery or from a strawberry runner, take care to not cover the crown of the plant where the leaves and shoots are springing from. Plant right at the base of the crown so that new leaves and blossoms can emerge. If you plant too shallow, you risk drying out the roots and weakening the plant.
If growing in raised beds or your landscape, space plants 12 to 18 inches apart.
Strawberries are self-fertile, but require bees for pollination.
Remove some of the runners throughout the season or your strawberry plants will take over your yard.
Water & Fertilize
These plants need nitrogen and phosphorus to produce prolific leaves and fruits. Help your plants thrive by adding a nitrogen-rich fertilizer like blood meal or a phosphorus-rich fertilizer like bone meal in the spring.
Protecting From Pests & Diseases
You can paint little rocks bright red to create decoys around the garden. Many birds and animals will learn that the "fruit" in your garden is hard and inedible. Co-plant near plants like garlic and chives--the smell of which deters deer. Use a bell cage over your plants to prevent birds and squirrels from snacking. This low-lying perennial is susceptible to slugs. Deter these slimy intruders by scattering broken eggshells around your plant or making a ringed barrier of diatomaceous earth (DE).
The tarnished plant bug, a small flat insect with wings, can also be a problem. Pick off any you see or spray them with an insecticidal soap. The most formidable enemy for strawberry plants is the bud weevil. This insect has a long snout it uses to pierce new buds, preventing fruit from form- ing. Get rid of them by cutting off any infected buds you see.
Eating a sun-warmed strawberry fresh from the garden never gets old.
And that is one of the best way to enjoy them because they lose flavor rapidly. If you do have to store them, place unwashed berries in a shallow, breathable container lined with paper towels. Refrigerated
berries should last a couple of days. Don't stack many berries on top of each other or you'll end up with a mushy mess.
To lock in flavor, bag your berries after you've washed, dried, and removed their stems, and store them in your freezer.
Use your harvest to create delicious summer salads, preserves, ice creams, jams, and desserts.
- strawberry plants
- garden soil
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