Growing Strawberries

I’ve never been good a growing strawberries. I always had strawberry plants, but I could only get a few strawberries to grow, until I discovered a few tricks. I am proud to say that the strawberries are already turning red. I picked these after school. 🙂

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After speaking to a few of my colleagues last week, I discovered I wasn’t the only one that didn’t know much about strawberries, which prompted this blog post.

There are 3 different kinds of strawberries. I discovered this from going to my local greenhouse. I always wondered why the strawberries I had didn’t give me a lot of strawberries. I finally figured out that I had only one type (everbearing).

The three main varieties are:

  1. June Bearing- Usually produces a crop in late spring (I have quite a few of these for jam). Soon, a bunch will all come in at once. Once I pick them, they won’t really do much for the rest of the summer.
  2. Everbearing- I have 3 of these plants. I can pick a few about 2-3 times a year, but it doesn’t yield much. It seems like just enough for snacking while I’m working in the garden.
  3. Day Neutral- These are like the everbearing and the fruit is usually small. I don’t have this type.

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A Few Tips and Tricks:

  1. Full Sun: I originally planted mine in part shade and they didn’t grow well. As soon as I transferred them, they seemed to finally produce strawberries. Choose a sunny spot!
  2. New Strawberry Plants: Strawberries typically do not produce their best fruit if they’ve been producing fruit for more than 3 years. My strawberry garden is now divided into 3 sections. I plan on buying new crops and rotating them. If I buy one section a year and replace them, it will be easier on the budget.
  3. Well-Drained Soil: Strawberries will typically grow in any soil condition, but when I moved my strawberry bed to an area that was sandy/rocky, they grew just fine. I thought I was giving my strawberries a death sentence, but it was the only place I had with full sun by the house.
  4. A Raised Bed: I think this helps with drainage. Strawberries do not like sitting in water.
  5. Water! Water! Water! Although strawberries don’t like sitting in water, they need watered regularly.
  6.  Weed: Seems simple, but this is where most people lose the highest possible yield.

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I am sure I will learn more at some point, but for now I’m happy to say I have strawberries to enjoy. I could quite possibly have incorrect information. Remember, I’m still learning. 🙂  There is nothing like a homegrown strawberry! Even the dog loved eating one!

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