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How to Grow Strawberries

by on May 16, 2012

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Strawberries are a tasty spring and summer treat, but they are also on the list of the 12 fruits and vegetables most prone to pesticide use when you buy them commercially.  That’s all the reason you need to learn how to grow your own strawberries at home.
AT A GLANCE: STRAWBERRIES
Temp Range: 50 – 60 degrees F
Seed to Plate: variable
Light Needs: min. 6 hours of full sun
How Much to Grow Per Person: 4 plants/ person
Average Space Needs: 4 plants/square
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 –6.5

The good news for anyone trying to learn how to grow strawberries is that there are strawberries that grow well in zones 6-10. so chances are good you will find a variety that works well in your area.

 

To plant strawberries, you must first break up the soil and amend it well to a depth of 8-10”. Of course this doesn’t apply if you are growing your berries in a container. You should start with fresh strawberry plants from a reputable grower and plan on replacing them every 4-5 years because they do begin to slow down over time.

If you are planting strawberries according to the square foot gardening method, you can plant 4 plants in a square foot but you will need to take care to clip off all of the runners so that all of the energy remains with the main plant. This will result in healthier, stronger and more productive plants in the long run. again, clip off every daughter plant or the plants will overrun your garden area! The plants may or may not produce in the first season after planting, but in subsequent years they will produce lots of fresh strawberries for your family to enjoy.

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